Registration a triumph

2018-03-28 06:00
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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa in the Free State announced that the voter registration on 10 and 11 March has significantly improved the provincial voters roll.

The recent voters’ registration paves the way for the 2019 general election.

According to the IEC, the provincial voters’ roll now stands at 1 450 759 registered voters, representing approximately 82 % of the eligible voting population.

This is based on the voting age population estimates provided on Statistics South Africa.

The IEC stated that a total of 237 566 potential voters in the Free State visited the 1 531 voting stations in the Free State over the two-day registration period.

According to the IEC, this was one of the busiest voter registrations in recent years.

With the results of the registration taken into account, the Free State (at 82,2 %) is the province with the second highest voters roll after the Eastern Cape.

Of the 237 566 voters who visited their voting stations on 10 and 11 March, 171 852 voters reportedly utilised the opportunity to reregister in their current voting district, and 45 436 voters changed their registration to a new voting district.

The IEC said that 20 278 people registered for the first time. Of the newly registered voters, 16 307 were under the age of 30.

“There was a large spike in online activity, with over 50 000 registered voters using the website and our app to check and update their address details,” the IEC said in a statement.

“Since the online facility was introduced in 2017, over 100 000 voters have used it to check and update their details.”

The online facility at www.elections.org.za/MyIEC and the app are available 24 hours a day for registered voters to check and update their address details.

“The average duration spent online or on the app was just less than six minutes,” the IEC said.

“The Electoral Commission believes that such a high turnout with more than a year until the next general election bodes extremely well for participation in next year’s elections and the future of electoral democracy in our country.”

The Constitutional Court ordered the IEC to ensure that approximately 2,8 million voter’s addresses are correct.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruled that the IEC must fix “unlawful defects” on the voters roll, which he said were “inconsistent with the rule of law”.

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