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Elections Latest: Check this list to see if you must register this weekend

The Independent Electoral Commission has issued a list of wards across South African that will hold municipal by-elections later this month.

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Voter registration this weekend for wards to be contested in Municipal By-Elections on 19 May 2021 

The Independent Electoral Commission has announced that voter registration will be held this weekend for forty municipal ward by-elections scheduled to take place in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces .

The by elections are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 19 May 2021. 

Voting stations in the wards listed will be open this Saturday, 10 April, and Sunday, 11 April, from 8am to 5pm to allow all eligible voters to register and for current voters to check their registration details and to provide/update address details where necessary. 

Check the list here to see if you need to register for a by election in your ward this weekend:

“Voters should take their identity document with them – either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a valid Temporary ID Certificate. They will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence,” the ICE said.

Documented proof of address such as a municipal account is not required.

“Voters may also check and update their details at their local (municipal) Electoral Commission (IEC) office weekdays during office hours.  Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident,” the IEC said. 

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, inside voting stations along with the use of hand sanitisers as voters enter, and exit the voting station. 

Voters, election staff and all those entering the voting station will be required to wear a mask at all times. 

“Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pens to mark their ballot papers, although pens will be provided and sanitised after each use,” the IEC said.