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Voter registration kicks off

Some Diepsloot residents are making their way to voter registration stations in their area.

Some Diepsloot residents are making their way to voter registration stations in their area. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Voting registration stations have opened for all South Africans to ensure they can vote in the upcoming national elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and all political parties have called on the country to make sure new voters register this weekend, including those who have to re-register.

The registration process has kicked off in Diepsloot with a very slow start.

Only a handful of people have gathered to either re-register or check if they have to re-register.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and ANC officials have been deployed to help their members register.

It seems South Africans have begun taking advantage of the good weather in many areas around the country to register for next year's election.

Residents in Centurion have turned out to register, with a group of people gathered at the Lyttelton Primary School.

They say they want a better South Africa for their children and grandchildren.

Most of them are wearing their blue Democratic Alliance (DA) T-shirts, a clear indication of who they intend to vote for in 2014.

They say they woke up extra early and are excited about registering because they feel the upcoming elections will bring about a huge turn around in the country.

IEC officials say they expect more people to come to the school from about 10am.

Registration centres are open between 8am and 5pm today and tomorrow.