Voter registration proceeding fairly well in Free State and Northern Cape

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Voter registration proceeding fairly well in Free State and Northern Cape

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free States says out of 1531 voting stations, only 51 voting stations didn’t open in time, due to technical errors, on Saturday.

This is first day of the final registration weekend and IEC has called on South Africans to come in numbers.

IEC’s provincial spokesperson Mmathabo Rasengane says voting stations opened on Saturday morning at eight o’clock in all 19 municipalities.

“As at ten o’clock on Saturday morning we had 3354 eligible voters that visited our stations. The Electoral Commission reminds voters that they must be in possession of a valid South African ID document-either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate- in order to register. They must also provide details of their address to show they are resident in the voting district in which they are registering. Proof of address is not necessary, however, a prerequisite for registration and registered voters can also SMS their ID number to 32810 to check whether their registration details are correct.”

Meanwhile, IEC’s Provincial Electoral Officer in the Northern Cape Bonolo Modise, all their voting stations opened in time on Saturday morning.

“I have been to a few stations and there is a lot of activity. I hope that the activity that I have seen is a reflection of other stations in the province. I currently don’t have any statistics that can be shared. We should also keep in mind that we have people who come to our stations to register for the first time, there are those who will be updating their details and then there are people who just go and check whether they are still appearing on the voters roll. We have not received any reports of any incidents at any of our stations around the province, but it is still too early and hopefully tomorrow I would still be able to say we had no incidents on Saturday,” Modise explains.

REFILWE GAESWE