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IEC final registration drive "running smoothly"

Over 22,000 voter registration stations are currently up and running across the country.

IEC officials say about 100 people have registered at Mew Way Hall in Khayelitsha so far. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says over 22,000 voter registration stations are currently up and running across the country.

The commission's Mosotho Moepya says apart from some minor glitches where some stations didn't open on time, things are going smoothly.

"With 22,263 voter registration stations countrywide, one can expect that sporadic instances will occur."

Moepya says some issues are not in their control.

"Of course there will be a few places where we will be challenged and in those instances, I am afraid it's beyond us."

Meanwhile, the Home Affairs Department says its offices will remain open this weekend so that eligible voters can apply for ID documents.

Voting stations have opened for the final weekend registration drive ahead of the general elections, set to take place on the 7th of May.

Minister Naledi Pandor says senior managers will keep an eye on the situation at home affairs offices this weekend.

"We've also deployed our mobile trucks to assist our people to apply for their ID documents or to be issued with a temporary ID certificate."

WESTERN CAPE REGISTRATION

In Cape Town, there's been a steady flow of Seapoint residents registering to vote.

Voter registration points at Ellerton Primary School and the Seapoint library have been relatively busy.

Democratic Alliance (DA) stalls with blue umbrellas are set up outside both points.

This is the last weekend for voters to place their name on the voters roll before the elections.

Most residents say registering was effortless while some complained about struggling to find their nearest IEC point.

Most of those who spoke to Eyewitness News say they found IEC officials friendly and helpful but one woman said she dealt with a rude volunteer.

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