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Registration weekend: 10 mln forms delivered across the country

The IEC says it is ready for the voters registration weekend on 5 and 6 March 2016.

Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it's confident that everything is on track ahead of this weekend's voter registration.

IEC Chairperson Mosotho Moepya says 10 million registration forms have been delivered across at least 22,500 stations.

The electoral body has come under fire in recent months for voter irregularities.

Earlier this week, the IEC announced it would be filing an urgent appeal in the Constitutional Court after it was forced to postpone by-elections in Tlokwe, following the discovery that more than 4,000 addresses were missing from the voters' roll.

The commission says applicants registering to vote this weekend will have to provide an address located in their voting district, but it says proof of address is not a prerequisite.

Moepya says those without a formal address will have to provide sufficient details of where they live to allow officials to check that they're registering in the correct voting district.

"Voters without formal addresses will be required to complete and sign an affirmation form accompanying the registration form, in which they attest to the fact they do in fact live in that relevant voting district."

Moepya has called on all South Africans who are eligible to vote to exercise their patriotic duty and register during this weekend's drive.

WATCH: 'All systems go' ahead of voter registration weekend

Voting stations nationwide will be open from 8am until 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and the IEC is hoping to register at least one million new voters.

Applicants have been urged to either carry their green bar-coded Identity Documents, smart ID cards or authorised temporary IDs when they arrive at a voting station.

WATCH:Voting in the 2016 Municipal Elections

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