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ConCourt: Voters now need proof of residence to register

The IEC confirmed the decision after the court found the 2013 by-elections in Tlokwe were not free & fair.

FILE. Eight independent candidates alleged that voter registration was conducted incorrectly and the voters roll was inaccurate. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says the Constitutional Court has clarified its requirement to obtain proof of residence from voters when they register, to avoid electoral fraud.

The court ruled on Monday that 2013 by-elections in Tlokwe were not free and fair because people who lived outside the contested wards were allowed to register and vote in the elections.

Eight independent candidates alleged that voter registration was conducted incorrectly and the voters roll was inaccurate.

IEC vice chair Terry Tselane says the commission traditionally accepted address details from voters without requiring proof of address.

"The Constitutional Court has provided that the IEC is obliged to obtain sufficient particularity of the voter's address, to ensure the voter is a resident in that voting district."

He says in future, voters rolls provided to contestants will contain voters' address details.

Tselane has warned the public of the serious consequences of electoral fraud.

He says the IEC has already implemented several measures to address issues of concern which arose out of this case.

He says in future, voters will be required to provide proof of address when registering.

"Develop and disseminate materials to educate the public about the serious consequences of committing electoral fraud such as providing false information in order to register is a voting district where they are not ordinarily residents."

Tselane has assured the public that free and fair municipal elections will be conducted next year.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Tlokwe says it's going to see if it will now have the numbers to call for a confidence vote in the city's mayor following Monday's Constitutional Court ruling.

Hans-Jurie Moolman is the leader of the DA caucus in Tlokwe.

He says, "We'll have to do our calculations, to see whether we received the majority in the Tlokwe Municipality and if so, we'll move for the main vote of no confidence in the executive mayor and the speaker."

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