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More than 1 million registered on day one

40 percent of registrations were new ones while 60 percent were re-registrations.

The IEC says nearly 40 percent of registrations recorded were new ones while 60 percent were re-registrations, 75 percent of new registrations were people under the age of 30.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says preliminary estimates are that nearly 1.1 million people visited registration stations nationwide on Saturday.

Voting stations are expected to be closed now but the IEC has promised that no one queuing will be turned away.

The IEC says nearly 40 percent of registrations recorded were new ones while 60 percent were re-registrations, 75 percent of new registrations were people under the age of 30.

Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape recorded the highest number of registrations yesterday.

Today's outcome has not yet been assessed.

Meanwhile, IEC administrators in Beacon Valley in Mitchell's Plain say they are impressed with the number of youth in their community who came out to register today.

Nearly 500 residents have registered and verified their details in ward 78 since yesterday.

IEC administrator's at AZ Berman Primary School say nearly 120 first time voters have come to register this weekend.

Resident Jennifer O'Ryan says they realized the importance of casting their vote next year.

The 56-year-old says it's especially significant to her as she was denied the opportunity to exercise her democratic right during the apartheid era.

She's encouraging more residents especially the youth to register as she believes this is their opportunity to have their say in the running of their community and country.