THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Harry Gwala District has confirmed that 347 voting stations will be open this weekend to allow people to register to vote for next year’s general elections.Simon Lingani, IEC district manager in Harry Gwala, said two mobile stations will be open in the district; one in Kokstad and the other one in Ixopo. “Staff have been trained to assist people to register to vote and police will be visible in all voting stations. “Material is ready for a smooth voter registration weekend,” he said.This is the first leg of a voter registration drive for next year’s elections and the IEC is targeting young people who will be first voters, to register in their numbers. Harry Gwala District youth manager Qiniso Ntozakhe encouraged young people to visit the voting stations and to exercise their right.“The district has many young people and I wish to encourage them to go out in their numbers and register to vote because their participation in next year’s elections will be very important. “The more young people participate in decision-making processes, the more they stand a chance to be recommended to positions of responsibility and authority,” said Ntozakhe.He said the Harry Gwala District currently has 240 000 people registered to vote in different voting stations and 53 000 voters are without confirmed addres- ses.This is across the four local municipalities. “We urge even those who are confident that they do appear on the voters’ roll to go to confirm their address so that information can be updated.“Let us be a generation that chooses to be part of the solution,” Ntozakhe added. Voting stations will be open from 8 am to 5 pm.