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Last chance for voters to register this weekend

2016-04-06 13:14
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Pretoria - The IEC on Wednesday appealed to all eligible unregistered voters to register this weekend, and for those who are already registered to ensure that their registration details are up to date.

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This will be the last opportunity to register ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.

Speaking at a media briefing at the IEC Head Office in Centurion, IEC Chief National Officer, Mosotho Moepya, said they were hoping that young voters would make use of this weekend to register.

"As always, the IEC is hoping as many new voters as possible will register this weekend. It will require large numbers of young people to register."

According to Moepya approximately 80% of unregistered voters who were eligible to register were under the age of 30.

This weekend, 22 617 voting stations across the country would be open between 08:00 and 17:00.

There are currently 25.6 million people on the voters roll, which adds up to about 75% of the eligible voting population.

With regards to President Jacob Zuma signing an amendment bill in 2015 allowing voters to change their vote before they drop it in the voting box, Moepya said the IEC welcomed the decision.

"The president signing amendment bill allowing voters to exchange the ballot should they wish to change their vote is welcomed," he said.

The IEC also appealed to residents of all areas to allow people to register unimpeded so they could exercise their right to vote.

In March, voting stations were visited by about three million South Africans, including around 700 000 new voters.

Existing voters are able to check whether additional information is still outstanding by sending an SMS with their ID number to 32810 at cost of R1. They would then receive an SMS with the name of the station where they were currently registered.

Voters could also check their status by dialling *120*432# or visiting

A PDF of the REC1 form would also be made available on the website on Thursday that would allow voters to complete it online and print a copy that they could take to the voting station.

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