IEC prepares for 2014 elections

Over 80 percent of first time voters are not yet registered according to the IEC.

Over 80 percent of first time voters are not yet registered, according to the IEC. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says preparations for the 2014 national and provincial elections are well underway.

IEC officials are briefing the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee in Parliament on their preparations ahead of the 2014 polls.

27 April 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of South Africa's democracy.

The five-year term of national and provincial governments expires on 21 April next year.

President Jacob Zuma must proclaim the elections within 90 days of that date.

A date for next year's election is yet to be set but Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says the IEC will be ready even if they are called as early as April.

The IEC says is planning massive registration voters campaigns with young, first time voters particularly in their sights.

Moepya says more than 80 percent of 18 to 19-year-olds are not registered to vote.

The IEC says a conference on youth elections will also take place in October.

Over 100 political parties are expected to contest the elections. These include the newly formed Agang and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

All the political parties are trying to woe first time voters as they will play a major role in the outcome of the elections.