As President Jacob braces up to hit his local station, Ntolwane Primary School in KwaNxamalala in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal for local government election registration, he has called on everyone, especially SA youths to go get registered.
Regime change can never be achieved without lawfully voting in and out political candidates. Hence, the stress on ensuring eligible voters secure a place on registration sheets.
“I wish to call upon all eligible citizens to go out in their numbers to their voting districts and stations to register or to update their information, so that they are ready for this important democratic process,” said the president,” president Zuma said.
President Zuma further indicated that registration for the local government election is open for eligible voters, who have not registered before, people who had moved place and need to re-register. And also, for people who encountered electoral challenges in their respective wards or districts.
“I urge all South Africans to go and register, or to verify their status to fulfill this important duty as citizens of a democratic country,” Zuma reiterated.
He paid special interest in young people, who would be turning 18. He encouraged them to register in order to have a say in who runs their municipalities.
“We also encourage young people who are turning 18 years old this year and others to go out in great numbers to register to vote so that they can have their say in who governs our municipalities.”
“Let us all go out in numbers to our voting stations this weekend,” Zuma said.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has mapped out March 5 and 6 for voter registration ahead of the LGE. As the registration kicks off this week, more than 22 000 stations will be in operation, 1 700 more than was available in the 2011 LGE.
Citizens who wish to visit their local stations must be there from 8am to 5pm. They are also expected to go with their South African identity documents with – either a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate.
People who wish to collect their ID documents and smart cards from Home Affairs could also do so between the same times on Saturday and Sunday as the department has adjusted their opening hours with voter registration.
Meanwhile, Buzzsouthafrica gathered that Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) CEO Mosotho Moepya revealed on Thursday that 9m eligible voters are not currently registered. And that about 1.5m (16%) were aged 18-19, 4.3m (46%) were aged 20- 29, 1.6m (18%) aged 30-39, 0.8m (9%) aged 40-49, and 1m (11%) were over 50.
“Based on the latest voting age population estimates provided by Statistics South Africa, there are now approximately 34m South African citizens of voting age, placing the current registration level at 73% of all eligible voters.” Moepya said.
As stated by the report, Gauteng has the highest number of registered voters with nearly 6m, seconded by KwaZulu-Natal with over 5m. The Eastern Cape had 3.1m, the Western Cape 2.9m, Limpopo 2.4m, Mpumalanga 1.8m, North West 1. 6m, Free State 1.4m, and Northern Cape 584 830.