Gauteng has lowest voter registration

The Independent Electoral Commission says so far, only 21.3 million people are on the roll.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said Gauteng has the lowest voter registration in the country.

It is hoping this weekend's registration drive will push the numbers up.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula says so far, only 21.3 million people are on the roll.

She is confident two million more people will register in time for next year's elections.

Tlakula says no-go areas should not exist anywhere in South Africa.

"We are ready to conduct voter registration in all the nine provinces. We have made arrangements even in areas that are called hotspots."

More than 45,000 IEC officials will be on hand to register those who intend to make their mark.

The chairperson says stringent safety measures are in place to ensure nobody cheats the system.

Officials will once again use special scanner machines to check bar-coded identity books.

Home Affairs offices will also be open for people to collect their identity books.

Over 100 political parties will contest the 2014 General Elections.

President Jacob Zuma has called for tolerance in the build-up to the elections.

This follows an incident where Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille was booed off stage in Saldanha.