IEC: Many young people registering

2013-11-10 18:16
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Johannesburg - Only a few voter registration stations were not operational by mid-morning on Sunday because of minor problems, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

In Limpopo, a bus transporting election and security personnel broke down, and in remote areas of KwaZulu-Natal, some registration stations were not open because heavy overnight rains had made the roads impassable.

"It is hoped the stations would open later today as the roads dried out," the IEC said in a statement.

It was quiet on Sunday in those areas where registration centres were disrupted on Saturday, day one of the registration process. Sporadic protests affected Bekkersdal in Gauteng, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Malamulele in Limpopo, and the Joe Morolong municipality in the Northern Cape.

"Areas which yesterday (Saturday) experienced some disruptions were all reported to be calm this morning with voting stations open," the IEC said.

"These and other areas are being monitored by security services officials to ensure calm and that voters are able to exercise their right to register to vote...," it said.

The IEC said registration processes around the country on Sunday ran smoothly.

Preliminary estimates showed that 1.1 million people visited registration centres on Saturday.

"Early trends were that approximately 40% were new registrations, 49% were applicants changing registration details from one voting district to another and 11% were applicants re-registering in the same voting district," the IEC said.

"Initial trends also point to a relatively high turnout by young people, with up to 75% of new registrations being people under 30-years."

The commission said registration centres in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape had received the most visits.

The ANC Gauteng branch said it was impressed with the voter registration process and the turnout.

"The response of the residents of Gauteng to this weekend's voter registration confirms that South Africa's young democracy is maturing," it said in a statement.

"This maturity provides the clearest indication that the voters roll is set to increase in the 2014 general elections with younger voters coming on board."

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