Did you know you can still register to vote in the 2019 national and provincial elections? The voter registration weekend of the 10th and 11th of March may have passed, but residents of Emfuleni can still register to vote by visiting offices the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC].
Eligible voters can also visit IEC offices weekdays from 8am to 5pm to verify and update their voter registration details, especially those who may have moved since the last election.
In his ceremonial role as the Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality, Councillor Jacob Khawe joined other political leaders around the country who criss-crossed several voting stations and residential areas to encourage residents to register to vote. The mayor also visited offices of the IEC in Vereeniging to check the readiness of the IEC ahead of the weekend voter registration.
A total of 2 767 139 South Africans visited voting stations to register and update their details during the weekend’s voter registration drive on the 10th and 11th of March. This was announced by the IEC a press briefing held in Centurion, Tshwane on Tuesday, 13th March. Chief Electoral Officer of the IEC, Sy Mamabolo said of the 2. 76 million voters, 1 390 861 used the opportunity to re-register in their current voting districts.
“885 758 voters used the opportunity to change their registration to new voting districts and 490 520 were voters registering for the first time,” he said.
He also revealed that over 400 000 (82%) were under the age of 30 and approximately 54% were women.
Mamabolo said this registration period was the busiest voter registration weekend in recent years. “The province of Gauteng saw most new registrations at 23. 69%, it was followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 18. 78% and Limpopo came in the third place with 17.03%.
The voters’ roll now stands at over 26 million voters which are estimated to be approximately 75% of the eligible voting population,” he said.
According to Mamabolo, the Eastern Cape was the province with the highest level of registration at 87% followed by the Free State at 82%.
He said KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Northern Cape were currently at 79 %.
He said despite the high number of new voter’s registrations, Gauteng has the lowest overall registration with 67.3%.
Mamabolo thanked the voters for turning out in huge numbers to ensure it can form the foundation for free and fair elections.
By Wandisile Kunene