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There will be 23 146 voter registration stations open to assist new and existing voters on the weekend of 17 and 18 July.
Twitter / IEC South Africa
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the national voter registration weekend ahead of South Africa’s Local Government Elections will be held from 17 to 18 July 2021.
Around 23 146 voting stations will be open around the country, from 8am to 5pm, to assist new voters to register and existing voters to check and update their registration details during that weekend.
IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said the electoral commission will embark on a nationwide voter education and awareness campaign before the upcoming elections.
“The Electoral Commission 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,” she said.
Voters are reminded that for this election the 17-18 July weekend is the ONLY general voter registration opportunity for voters to register and check their registration details at voting stations.
“However, on-going voter registration will continue during working hours at local IEC offices until the proclamation of the elections,” said Bapela.
In addition, registered voters will still be able to amend their registration details through the “Click, Check, Confirm” functionality on the website of the Electoral Commission. The facility was introduced in 2018 and has been used by over 350 000 voters to update their details.
“Voters who moved house since the last election as well as those with incorrect, incomplete or missing addresses are especially urged to update their details,” she added.
In order to register as a voter, you must be at least 16 years old, a South African citizen and in possession of a valid South African ID document – either a green barcoded ID book or a smartcard ID.
Voters are also 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 (in the form of utilities bills) is not required for registration.
Eligible voters can find out more about where, when and how to register by visiting the Electoral Commission website at www.elections.org.za(link is external).
From June the LGE 2021 Contact Centre will also be available to assist voters via phone 0800-11-8000 and email (email@example.com(link sends e-mail)).
Voters will also be assisted on the Electoral Commission’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@IECSouthAfrica). Existing voters can check their current registration details on the website or by SMSing their ID number to 32810 (cost R1).
“The Electoral Commission urges all eligible voters – and especially first-time voters – to make use of the one-and-only registration weekend or the online portal to prepare to vote in October this year,” said Bapela.
Voters visiting a voting station in person are reminded to wear a mask or appropriate face covering and to observe social distancing.
“Hand sanitizing facilities as well as stationery will be provided at each voting station. Voters wishing to bring their own pen are encouraged to do so even though pens will be provided and sanitized routinely,” she added.
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