Register this weekend

2016-03-02 06:00

THE voter registration weekend for the 2016 local government elections is this weekend.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) outreach and communication practitioner Thabani Ngwira said people who have voted in the past, but have changed residence, must re-register to vote.

“If you have moved or changed residence, you have to re-register so that your name will appear on the voters’ roll of your new voting district. These are local government elections, you can only vote where you reside.

“The Electoral Commission is planning only one registration weekend - 5 and 6 March. Voting stations will open from 8am to 5pm. Registration is also an ongoing process at municipal offices, however, once the election date is proclaimed by the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the voters’ roll will be officially closed for the 2016 local government elections.

“This means that if you are registering for the first time, your name will not appear on the voters’ roll for these elections. If you have moved and you are re-registering, your name will not appear on the segment of the voters’ roll of your new voting district.”

In KZN there are 4 795 voting stations and 470 of these voting stations are within UMgungundlovu District Municipality.

“Generally, our registration targets are not linked to an election event, they are linked to a financial year and are increased during the financial year in which an election is held. However, we would like to encourage everyone who has just turned 16, and those who are eligible to vote, to register. As the commission we are targeting youths between ages of 20 and 29 to register.”

The date for the local­ government elections is yet to be announced.

“The term of office for the current sitting council is 18 May, 2016.

“According to legislation the commission has 90 days, from the 18 May to the 16 August, to hold a general local government election,” he said.

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