NMBM residents ready

2019-05-08 06:00

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has the most newly-registered voters in the Eastern Cape for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections taking place tomorrow, May 8.

This was found after the final registration weekend in January when Bay residents visited various voting stations to register for the upcoming elections.

According to the provincial electoral officer in the Eastern Cape, Kayakazi Magudumana, out of 84 604 newly-registered voters in the Eastern Cape, a total of 14 084 people are newly-registered voters that reside in the Nelson Mandela Metro.

“It has been concluded that 7 459 women, together with 6 625 men, have registered in the Nelson Mandela Metro.

“It has also been noted that more women than men have registered for the upcoming elections,” Magudumana said.

The most newly-registered voters in the Eastern Cape are between the ages of 20 and 29 (with a total of 46 365), including a total of 20 969 between the ages of 18 and 19 years.

In addition, it has been recorded that for the special votes application period from April 4 to 18, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has the second highest number of home visitations, with 6 763 applications.

According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa communications officer, Julie Stanworth, the relevant officials have been trained on the special votes processes and assure voters that these ballots will be kept in secure storage facilities which have been vetted by the State Security Agency.

What to expect when at the voting station

. You will give your ID/TIC/smart ID card to the electoral official on duty.

. Your ID will be scanned and a sequence number on the voters’ roll will be given to you.

. Your name on the voters’ roll will be checked and crossed off.

. If your name on the voters’ roll is without an address or if it has an incomplete address record, you will need to provide your address details before you vote.

. If you are voting in the province where you are registered you will get two ballots: a national ballot paper and a provincial ballot.

. The electoral official will stamp your ballot/s at the back and will ink your left thumb nail with indelible ink.

Why two ballot papers?

. One paper is to choose your preferred political party for the National Assembly.

. The other paper is to choose your preferred party for the Provincial Legislature for the province in which you are registered.

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