Registration goes well

2016-03-09 06:00
RESIDENTS register to vote for the 2016 local elections. Photo: Emile Hendricks

RESIDENTS register to vote for the 2016 local elections. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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THE first weekend of voter registration went fairly well,” said Jabulani Tshabalala, the provincial head of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), on Monday (07/03).

Tshabalala said apart from minor glitches, the first voter registration weekend had gone smoothly at all of the 1 533 voting stations across the Free State.

Some of the glitches included the late pitching of tents, withdrawal of staff and staff members pitching up late at voting stations.

According to Tshabalala, the voter registration roll of the province is far above 80% for the 2016 local elections.

“We are processing statistics to determine the new voter registration roll,” Tshabalala said. The statistics will determine the number of new registrations at voting districts and will show figures of those who went to check their registration status.

Tshabalala said there had been no hiccups at any of the voting stations in the Naledi Municipality which had recently merged with the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

“We anticipated challenges in wards within Naledi, but everything went smoothly,” he said.

Tshabalala said the IEC was concerned with the small number of young people registered to vote in the coming local elections.

Last week the IEC said out of 84% of citizens registered on the voters roll in the province, only 24% of that figure was young people aged between 18 and 29 years old.

The IEC encouraged political parties to mobilise the youth and ensure that they participated in the local elections.

Tshabalala said a media briefing would be held soon to give feedback on the first weekend of voter registration and to confirm whether the IEC would proceed with the second voter registration weekend on 9 and 10 April. Read more on p. 7.

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