IEC satisfied with voters registration process


Dex Sibiya

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is satisfied with the running of its last voter registration weekend and is encouraged by the number of young and first-time voters who registered.
The IEC says that specific data on how many new voters have registered will be released when the voting roll is closed, and election day is proclaimed by the president.
However, several stations were affected by protests related to service delivery issues in various areas in each province on Saturday morning.
“On Saturday some stations could not operate due to protests and bad weather condition. However, on Sunday many stations were working efficiently,” said IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela.
Bapela said the aim was to have 1 million more new voters registered when the roll closes.
“The next batch of registration that’s coming is for South Africans, who are based abroad.”
Another round of registrations will take place at higher learning institutions, she said.
The IEC said from now on, voters would only be able to register at their local IEC office during working hours and only for a brief period until the elections are proclaimed.