Voter registration still open

The registration process will officially close once the election date is officially proclaimed.

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

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans still have a chance to register to vote for the upcoming general elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed on Monday.

The registration process will officially close once the election date is officially proclaimed.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma announced the polls will be held on 7 May.

But the president has yet to proclaim the date.

This means citizens can still register, but will have to do so at IEC offices located in every municipality in the country.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says, "They [potential voters] however must make an appointment to apply to register at a local IEC office during office hours. South Africans must apply for registration on or before the date that the upcoming election date is proclaimed and published in the government gazette by the president."

The Presidency says the proclamation should be made by the end of February.

Over 24 million people have registered to vote.