South Africa’s municipal election which was set to take place on August 3 2016, has had over 1.3 million voters registered according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), but report has it that we have more SA women than men who are interested and prepared for the coming election.
Report from the commission has it that the number of newly registered voters have exceeded their expectations and amazingly, young SA women surpassed their male counterparts in registering.
Out of the 1.3 million new voters registered, 80% were under the age of 30 while more than 52% were women compared to 47% for men.
This report may signify that the forthcoming election may see more of SA women than men actively participating than expected.
South Africans who are eligible to vote, particularly the youth who will vote for the first time, are continually encouraged to come out in their numbers to participate in the election.
The Chief electoral Officer expressed sincere gratitude to youths for their participation in the registration.
“More importantly, the IEC is very grateful to the youth for responding so positively to the call to register, with nearly 80 percent first-time registering voters aged under 30,”
it was reported that 1 384 254 new voters were added to the voters roll, bringing the total number of voters to 26 296 601, which is equivalent to 77 percent of the eligible voting population. More than 6.6 million voters visited their voting stations during the registration weekends.
Interestingly, the KwaZulu-Natal topped the registration activities logging more than 1.1 million visitors to its voting stations – representing 30 percent of the total registration weekend activity for the entire country. This was followed by Gauteng with 696 252 visitors, followed by the Eastern Cape with 512 655.
Similarly, the chief electoral officer addressed voter concerns over past registrations. to this he said no one who is previously registered will be removed from the roll but that the commission is still seeking clarity on an Electoral Court ruling which ordered it to list voter addresses on the registry
“It is correct that voters in the past have registered and we did not have their address captured, but none of them has been removed (from the voters’ roll),”
The IEC is however, concerned that if it’s expected to list the details of those who registered before the November 2015 ruling, the magnitude of the project will be too large to complete before election day on 3 August.