Last round for voter registration

2019-02-14 06:01
Residents of Nomzamo line up to register to vote in the general election of 8 May.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Residents of Nomzamo line up to register to vote in the general election of 8 May.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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Residents of Nomzamo used the last chance they had to register to vote in this year’s general election on Wednesday 8 May.

The registration, which took place at Nomzamo Community Hall on Tuesday 12 February, saw quite a number of people trickling in to register. Young and old seemed eager to have the chance to make their mark and have their voices heard come election time.

President Cyril Ramaphosa officially announced the date of the elections during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week.

People can still register at their local Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) offices, which are open from Monday to Friday during office hours. To register one must be a South African citizen, have a smart-card identity document (ID) and be 16 years or older (to vote from age 18 onwards).

A resident of Nomzamo said she was eager to register so she could have her voice heard come election time. “Many people are not working, and some still live in appalling conditions,” the woman said, carrying a baby on her back. “So when we vote we want to raise alarm about such issues, with the hope that they can be addressed.”

Ward 85 councillor Simthembile Mfecane, on the day could be heard reminding people roaming around the hall that they needed their IDs to register and encouraging those without any to acquire one. He said it was important for people to come out in large numbers to defend democracy.“It is important for people to register so they can have their voices heard through the ballot paper,” he said. “Young and old should take voting seriously, as many people have died ensuring these rights are enjoyed by all.”

The IEC said it registered 102 Nomzamo residents on the day.

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