Various voting stations in Bloemfontein will be open this weekend to allow all eligible voters to register for Municipal By-elections in December. Current voters will also be able to check their registration details and provide updated address details.
In Mangaung Metro Municipality by-lections will take place in Ward 11 after the death of its councillor. According to IEC Free State’s Mmathabo Rasengane, there are already 9 369 registered voters.
“Voters should take their identity document with them. They will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence. A documented proof of address such as a municipal account is not required,” she said.
“Voters may also check and update their details at their local IEC office during office hours on weekdays. Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident,” added Rasengane.
Voters are encouraged to bring their own pens to mark their ballot papers on 9 December 2020, although pens will be provided and sanitized after each use.
“The by-elections will be held under strict new Covid-19 protocols aimed at ensuring the safety of voters, election staff, party agents, observers and other stakeholders. These include implementing strict social distancing practices outside and inside voting stations along with the use of hand sanitisers as voters enter and exit the voting station,” Rasengane stated.
Ward 11 voting stations include Toka Primary School, Kopanong Secondary School, Rehauhetswe Creche, Mamohau Pre-School, Kriste Sedi La ditjhaba Roman Catholic, Botlehadi Primary School, and Mina’s Day care. Stations will be open on Saturday 31 October 2020 and Sunday 1 November 2020, from 08:00 to 17:00.