Voter registration weekend to be held in March

A special voter registration weekend will be held at all voting stations over the weekend of March 10 and 11.

The Electoral Commission urges all of South Africa’s eligible voters to visit their voting stations as part of a national campaign to update the voters’ roll in preparation for the 2019 elections.

All 22 612 voting stations around the country will open for the public between 8am and 5pm to:

• assist new voters to register;

• allow already registered voters who have moved since they registered to re-register in their correct voting district; and

• allow registered voters whose address details are not on the voters’ roll to provide this information.

The Electoral Commission has made an early start to the preparations for the 2019 elections.

These elections are expected between May and August 2019.

Critically, this registration weekend is a milestone towards the culmination of a two-year project to obtain addresses for all registered voters.

It is an opportunity to ensure that voters are registered in the correct voting district segments.

The Constitutional Court in 2016 gave the Electoral Commission until June 2018 to update the voters’ roll with all available addresses.

Over the past two years, the Electoral Commission has made significant progress in updating addresses on the voters’ roll.

In October 2017 the Electoral Commission launched an online facility for registered voters  to review and/or provide their address via www.elections.org.za

Having done all of this, the Electoral Commission still does not as yet have addresses for 2.8 million voters.

A further 3.5 million addresses are currently classified as “incomplete” or “generic”.

Chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo urged all voters to make every effort to visit their voting station during the weekend of March 10 and 11.

The contact centre (0800 11 8000) has been activated Monday to Friday during office hours to assist voters to find their correct voting station and to answer any queries.

Registered voters can also SMS their ID number to 32810 to receive an SMS containing the address of their voting station (charged at R1).

The online facility at www.elections.org.za remains open for registered voters to update and review their address online.

These voters are also urged to update their details before the end of May 2018.

Voters visiting their voting station should take a copy of their barcoded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificate.

They will be assisted in completing a registration form providing their home address at which they ordinarily reside, which will allow the Electoral Commission to place them in the correct voting district.

Proof of residence is not required.

Also read: Electoral Commission embarks on online address capture initiative

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