Voter registration open this weekend

2018-03-15 06:01

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged all South Africans to register to vote this week on March 10 and 11, and verify the authenticity of their address.

Ramaphosa urged the public to ensure that their correct details appear on the voters’ roll.

Speaking in a video clip on YouTube, Ramaphosa said it is high time that all South Africans come out in their numbers and register this weekend.

“I especially urge young people to register so that [they] may play [their] own part in defining [their] future. If you are 17 years old and above, and will be voting for the first time, go and register,” he said.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said all registered voters need to check and confirm their address details at the voting stations. KZN IEC provincial electoral manager Mawetu Mosery was quoted in the media as saying that the province has “5 317 661 registered voters and 555 979 have no addresses, while 832 616 have incomplete addresses”.

Registering to vote will enable the eligible voters to vote in the 2019 national government elections.

Ward 60 councillor Fakazi Mdletshe confirmed that voting stations in Verulam will be opened this week. “In the CBD, Everest Heights Primary will be used for registration. We have other voting stations such as Redcliffe Primary, Cottonlands Primary, Hazelmere Hall and Daniel’s House that will be opened for registration,” he said.

Mdletshe advised people to heed the call and verify their details to ensure that their information appears on the voters’ roll.

“People who have moved from one place to another are encouraged to go and register,” Mdletshe said.

Ward 62 councillor Dolly Munien said: “Residents in Tongaat can visit the New Hall, Belvedere Hall, Shri Mathi Anandben Pre-Primary, V. Moonsamy Hall, Mitchford Primary, Oliver Regional Tambo hall, Trubel Primary and Zamokuhle Crèche.”

Voting stations will be open from 8am until 5pm to register all the residents. If residents want to check if their details appear on the voters’ roll, they are requested to phone 0800 11 8000 from Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm.

Alternatively, the public can SMS their ID number to 32810 or visit www.elections.org.za/MyIEC

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