IEC urges voters to register

The IEC has urged Bekkersdal residents not to boycott the voter registration process this weekend.

An Independent Electoral Commission officer stands at the entrance of a voting station in Ramaphosa informal settlement. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Friday called on communities not to boycott the voter registration process this weekend, saying that every vote counts.

Bekkersdal residents have threatened to boycott the weekend's voter registration drive and not allow IEC officials to enter the township.

They are demanding an apology from Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

The premier was heckled by residents during a service delivery protest in the township in October and subsequently said the ANC did not need the community's "dirty votes".

The IEC called on Bekkersdal residents and other communities to allow them to do their work this weekend.

The police and the South African army have been deployed to various areas.

The IEC's Kate Bapela says the target is to get two million South Africans to register this weekend.

"We are celebrating 20 years of democracy as a country. It's platinum elections. We have to make 2014 our very best elections so far. People must go out in numbers to register to vote."

Voters who have previously registered and are still residing in the same area do not have to register.