Johannesburg – This weekend is the last voter registration weekend and political parties are once again crisscrossing the country in a bid to encourage people to register to vote.
President Jacob Zuma announced this week that the local government elections would be held on August 3.
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The Independent Electoral Commission said all 22 617 voting stations would be open on Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.
"As always, the electoral commission is hoping as many new voters as possible will join the existing 25.6 million registered voters to boost the voters’ roll above its current level of about 75% of the eligible voting population," the IEC said.
"To significantly increase the voters’ roll will require a large number of young, first-time voters to register this weekend – statistics show that about 80% of the 8 million eligible voters who are not registered are younger than 30."
It said more than 3 million voters visited voting stations during the March registration weekend to register for the first time, to re-register and to update their registration and address details.
This included almost 700 000 new voters.
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"It is hoped at least a similar number will register this weekend," the IEC said.
ANC officials, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, treasurer Zweli Mkhize, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte and chairperson Baleka Mbete, were expected to be in Pretoria, Polokwane, Kwadakuza, Waterburg, East London, Johannesburg and Brits on Saturday and Sunday.
Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosutho Buthelezi would be in Umlazi and Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota would be in Barkley West.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane was expected in Pretoria on Sunday.