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Local Government Elections 2021: How to register to vote through the IEC

The IEC announced that voting stations across SA will be open on 17 and 18 July to register to vote in the Local Government Elections.

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With the local government elections drawing ever closer, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have confirmed that all 23 146 voting stations across the country will open up over the 17-18 July weekend. 

The aim of the initiative is to ensure that as many South Africans as possible are registered to vote in the critical elections. This will be the only general voter registration opportunity, however ongoing voter registration will continue during working hours at local IEC offices until the proclamation of the elections. 

IEC announce registration weekend  

The IEC said in a statement on Wednesday 12 May that the voting stations will be open from 8:00 – 17:00, and said that in the lead-up to this weekend, they will embark on a nationwide voter education and awareness campaign to encourage all eligible voters to make sure they are ready to participate in the elections scheduled to be held on 27 October 2021.

“Over this weekend all 23 146 voting stations around the country will open from 8am to 5pm to assist new voters to register and existing voters to check and, where necessary, update their registration details,” they said. 

On the education campaign, the IEC said that the campaign will span a variety of multimedia platforms including television, radio, outdoor and digital media, along with targeted interventions aimed specifically at young, first-time voters. 

These will include registration initiatives at schools, tertiary education campuses and other opportunities.

Who can register? 

The IEC outlined the following guidelines to register to vote:

  • Applicants must be at least 16-years-old;
  • A South African citizen; and, 
  • Be in possession of a valid South African ID document – either a green barcoded ID book or a Smartcard ID.

“Voters are reminded that they must be registered at a voting station in the ward in which they are ordinarily resident and must provide an address or detailed description of a place of residence. However, proof of address (e.g. in the form of a utilities account) is NOT required for registration,” said the IEC. 

How to find out which IEC ward you’re in 

In order to find out which ward you’ll need to register at, the IEC advised that applicants check their website for more details.

Registered voters will still be able to amend their registration details through the “Click, Check, Confirm” functionality on the IEC website. Existing voters can check their current registration details on the website or by SMSing their ID number to 32810 at a cost of R1.

The IEC added that voters who have moved house since the last election, as well as those with incorrect, incomplete or missing addresses, are especially urged to update their details. 

“We also call upon all political parties, candidates, civil society organisations, the media, business and labour organisations, faith-based organisations and all other stakeholders to join together to encourage voter registration and participation among their staff, clientele, customers and followers,” they said.