Durban – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in KwaZulu-Natal has promised a streamlined voter registration weekend in the province.
At a press conference in Westville on Wednesday, IEC spokesperson Mawethu Mosery said all checks and balances were in place for voters to register ahead of local government elections later this year.
He said, given the recent Constitutional Court ruling pertaining to the controversial voters' roll at the Tlokwe Municipality in North West Province, it was essential that the IEC carried a roll with the updated addresses of voters.
"As the Commission we confirm that we are ready for the weekend to open all voting stations in KZN for the purpose of registration," he said.
Spirit of transparency
"In preparation for the weekend we have confirmed all the voting stations and the materials. We have recruited 14 385 personnel to man the stations; we have trained all of them and we are confident that they will do good work at the station,” he added.
“We have made the names of these officials available to political parties in the spirit of transparency. To date we have received no objections in this regard."
Mosery stressed the need for an updated roll with current addresses for the upcoming elections.
"In line with recent court outcomes, we are encouraging everyone to update their address on the voters' roll. It is important for us that we carry a detailed address on the roll and let us all use this weekend to update this," he said.
"Registration will begin at 08:00 on Saturday and close at 17h00. The same applies to Sunday and we are encouraging first time voters to go and get their names on the roll."