What you need to know for registration weekend 5-6 March 2016
The Independent Electoral Commission is ready for this weekend’s registration drive.
The question to ask is, are you ready?
- Do you know whether you appear on the voter’s roll?
- Have you moved house since the last election?
- Has your ward been re- demarcated?
- Are you a first time voter?
Listen to Kaya News’ Khaya Khumalo speaking to Uhuru Moiloa deputy speaker in Alexandra on Monday. The Gauteng legislature launched is registration period there ahead of this coming weekend.
What time will voting stations open?
The IEC says voting stations will be open throughout the country between 8am and 5pm on Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March to assist.
The Electoral Commission is also calling on all registered voters – even if they have not changed address or been impacted by boundary changes – to use the opportunity to visit their voting station to update their address and contact details to help enhance the voters’ roll.
- All those visiting a voting station should have with them a valid South African identity document – which is either a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate.
- Applicants will also need to provide an address of where they live that is located in the voting district where they are registering.
- Where voters do not have a formal address they will need to provide sufficient details of where they live to allow election officials to confirm they are registering in the correct voting district. However, proof of address is not a prerequisite for registration.
- All applicants will complete a REC1 voter registration application form in person at the voting station for the voting district in which they ordinarily reside.
- Voters without formal addresses will be required to complete and sign an affirmation form (REC AS) accompanying the REC 1 form in which they attest to the fact they live in the relevant voting district.
To find their correct voting station, eligible voters can:
- Call the Contact Centre on 0800 11 8000 (7am to 9pm weekdays). The Contact Centre will also be open over the registration weekend
- Dial *120*432#
- Use the Voting Station Finder App on elections.org.za
Each voting station has also been provided with a copy of the inspection voters’ roll reflecting the voters currently registered in that voting district. They also have maps showing the boundaries of the voting district so that residents can point out where they live.
All applications will be uploaded over the next few days and applicants are then able to check the success of their registration application by SMSing their ID number to 32810 (cost R1), visiting www.elections.org.za or calling 0800 11 8000.
Collect your ID
The Department of Home Affairs has announced that its branches will also be open over the weekend between 8am and 5pm to coincide with the registration hours. This will allow voters who have not yet collected their IDs to collect them and those who may have lost their ID to apply for a temporary ID certificate in order to register.
Enquiries regarding ID documents can be made to the Home Affairs Call Centre on 0800 60 11 90 and those who have applied for an ID can check the status of their application by SMSing their ID number to 32551.
Voters’ Roll Statistics
The voters’ roll as at 31 January 2016 showed that 24 964 498 voters were registered.
Of the approximately 9 million eligible voters not currently registered:
- Approximately 1.5 million are 18 – 19 years old (16 percent)
- Approximately 4.3 million are 20 – 29 years old (46 percent)
- Approximately 1.6 million are 30 – 39 years old (18 percent)
- Approximately 0.8 million are 40 – 49 years old (9 percent)
- Approximately 1 million are over 50 years old (11 percent)
The approximate numbers of unregistered voters per province is as follows:
|Province||Estimated Unregistered voters (in millions)||As a percentage of total (Rounded)|
The Electoral Commission hopes that at least 1 million new voters will use the opportunity to register before the voters’ roll closes for the 2016 Municipal Elections.