Elections 2021: Registrations to vote in municipal elections underway across KZN

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IEC barrier tape at a voting station.
IEC barrier tape at a voting station.
Sharon Seretlo, Gallo Images

All 4 940 voting stations in KwaZulu-Natal opened as scheduled in Saturday morning for registration to vote in the November 2021 municipal elections.

“So far no problems have been reported but we are still gathering that information,” said Thabani Ngwira, Electoral Commission (IEC) KZN provincial spokesperson on Saturday morning.

The weekend of September 18 and 19 is the last opportunity for voters to register at local voting stations.

Voting stations will also open from 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The IEC has clarified that no proof of vaccination status will be required at voting stations.

Alternatively, voters can also apply for registration on the IEC website. Online applications will close after proclamation of the elections, which is expected on September 20.

Some users have reported problems with the IEC’s mapping system on Saturday morning, which the IEC said their technicians were working to fix.

“Due to current mapping issues, the VMDs (Voter Machine Devices) will be captured offline while the system mapping detail issue is being resolved. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused,” said the IEC in a statement.

Eligible voters must register to vote in the wards they are currently living in. Municipal elections require voters to vote in their wards.

Voters who are already registered on the voters’ roll from previous elections can confirm their registration online on the website, on the IEC APP and by calling the contact centre at 0800 11 8000 (calls are free of charge from a landline and standard mobile network rates apply). Furthermore, an identity number can be sent to 32810 via the Short Message System (SMS).

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