More than 9 million South Africans, who are eligible to vote are currently not registered.
As at 31 January this year statistics showed that more than 24million voters were registered, and the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is hoping to increase that number to a million more, as voter registration weekend kicks off this Saturday and Sunday.
IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya this afternoon briefed the media on the commission’s state of readiness, calling on all eligible voters to register.
“Voting stations will be open throughout the country between 8am and 5pm on Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March to assist those never before registered, previously registered voters to re-register in their new district if they have moved, and those who’s registration status may have been impacted by changes to ward or voting district boundary.”
Eligible voters will have to present a valid South African ID and will have to provide an address of where they live.
The IEC has also increased the number of voting stations set up across the country.
“A total of 22 570 voting stations will be open this weekend, 1711 more than the previous municipal elections held in 2011.”
Voting stations will be set up at schools, churches, community halls. Some temporary facilities (tents) will also be erected in some parts of the country.
Most of the voting stations will be staffed by two officials to assist.