IEC initiates programme for voters’ details

2018-06-20 06:02

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has initiated a programme to facilitate the capturing of voters’ full personal details which include physical addresses.

The IEC has established outbound call centres across the country to capture important data of voters ahead of the 2019 general election. These centres are operational in the nine provinces.

Through the call centres, assigned staff of the IEC traces voters whose physical addresses are not appearing on the voters’ roll.

In addition, the IEC has appointed 13 field workers to trace voters whose contact details are not appearing on the voters’ roll.

These field workers work with traditional authorities’ offices to conduct visits to voters and obtain important information.

The IEC stated traditional council offices staff will also be utilised to assist in areas falling under their jurisdiction of traditional authorities.

Tracing of voters and capturing of their physical address began on 28 May and is expected to continue until 30 June.

Mmathabo Rasengane, the IEC’s provincial spokesperson, said the Free State’s call centre is at the IEC’s provincial office in Bloemfontein. It has been set up to tackle the challenges in the province.

Rasengane said a total of 15 candidates have been appointed temporarily for the project of harvesting the addresses of voters.

She said candidates were provided with the contact details of the affected voters.

“The total number of voters without physical addresses on the voters roll for the Free State is 170 611.

“However, only 10 706 voters’ contact details in the form of cellphone numbers are available. The majority were sourced through commercial media buyers.

“Notices will be posted in different public areas for voters to be informed of the process and the importance of ensuring that the voters roll was updated in line with the Commission’s mandate,” Rasengane said.

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