Voter registration drive goes smoothly, says IEC

2018-03-22 06:01
Registration staff member Bonginkosi Hlongwane (left) assists Sphenduliwe Gansa. (Photo: Precious Gumede) CORRECTION: South Coast Fever published this picture in which Mr Bonginkosi Hlongwane was wrongly identified as one Bonginkosi Cele. We apologise for this mistake and the possible harm it might have caused.

Registration staff member Bonginkosi Hlongwane (left) assists Sphenduliwe Gansa. (Photo: Precious Gumede) CORRECTION: South Coast Fever published this picture in which Mr Bonginkosi Hlongwane was wrongly identified as one Bonginkosi Cele. We apologise for this mistake and the possible harm it might have caused.

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THE weekend of March 10 and 11, which was a voter registration “address harvesting” weekend, went smoothly on the South Coast, with no abnormal or irregular behaviour reported at any of the voting stations.

Members of the public went out to their nearest voting station to register, check and confirm their residential addresses on the voters’ roll for the 2019 elections.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the voter registration drive was aimed at compiling addresses in line with the ruling of the Constitutional Court in 2016, which stated that the commission was required to obtain sufficient particularities of the location of voters’ residence by the end June, 2018.

IEC spokesperson Thabani Ngwira said in a statement that the IEC would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all citizens and eligible voters who participated in the voter registration drive conducted over the past weekend.

Ngwira said gratitude is extended to political parties and all stakeholders that assisted in communicating the message and encouraged all citizens to participate.

“All 4 793 voting stations in the province were opened for voters between 8 am and 5 pm at the weekend to attend to voters.

“As a commission, we can confirm that all operations went smoothly throughout the weekend and no major incidents were reported.

“Only three of the voting stations were disturbed on Saturday by community protests but all were operational by the end of the day and on Sunday,” said Ngwira.

He said preliminary figures in the province show that about 463 000 registered and eligible voters visited voting stations. However, this could not be confirmed as a definite figure as local offices were still busy uploading scanners on the system and reconciling a concise voter turnout figure.

Ngwira said the exact figures will only be available once these processes have been completed.

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