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SA's mixed reaction to voter registration

Some citizens told EWN they will definitely register, while others say they're in two minds about it.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) logo. Picture: @IECSouthAfrica

JOHANNESBURG - With just a day to go to the start of the 2016 municipal elections registration drive, there's mixed reaction from South Africans as to whether they'll be at the ballot box, with some saying they want their voices to be heard and others feeling their vote won't make a difference.

Yesterday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) revealed that at least 9 million South Africans who are eligible to vote are not registered.

While at least 5,8 million unregistered voters are between the ages of 18 and 30, the IEC says this is not cause for concern and it's confident that the numbers will rise as more stations have been made available for the voter drive to run smoothly.

Some South Africans told Eyewitness News they will definitely register, but others say they are in two minds about it.

"We're sure that whoever is going to be put in place will take care of our interests," a man told Eyewitness News .

Another citizen, however, feels that there's no point in registering to vote. "It feels like a waste, I might actually go and register."

The Home Affairs Department says it has at least 226,000 smart ID's and 68,000 green ID books have not yet been collected from its branches across the country.

It says as a result, the department will be open this weekend to coincide with voter registration drive.

WATCH: All systems go ahead of voter registration drive

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