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Voter registration drive kicks off across SA

Voting stations across South Africa are open to allow first time voters to register.

IEC staff getting ready for voter registration at Fezekile Secondary in Oudtshoorn on 5 March 2016. Picture: Petrus Botha/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - Voting stations across the country will open at 8am to allow first time voters to register and others to check their details for the upcoming municipal elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has revealed that at least nine million South Africans, eligible to vote, are not registered.

The IEC says it has trained thousands of officials to operate the stations today to ensure that people are registered. They are hoping at least one million people will register this weekend.

The voting station at the Orlando West Secondary School has just opened its doors.

No one has arrived yet, but they are hoping people will start trickling in in the next few hours.

This is the place where ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela usually casts her vote.

The ANC Youth League's Morena Parkis says she might pop in today.

"She might probably pop in but we know that she is in the voters roll. Currently 60 percent of the population is young people so they must come and register to vote in these elections."

DIEPSLOOT

It's yet to be seen if residents have heeded the call to come out and register for this weekend's drive.

Diepsloot residents are faced with a number of issues one of which is a high crime rate.

A new police station was opened in the community last month as one of the interventions by government to fight crime.

The station which cost over R100 million is responsible for more than a million Diepsloot residents.

WESTERN CAPE

Over 1,500 voting stations will act as registration points in the province.

It's an early start for IEC staff in Oudtshoorn, who have been up at the crack of dawn, setting up at various voter registration points.

A total of 38 stations are available for locals to register this weekend for the upcoming municipal elections.

It however remains to be seen just how many residents will turn up.

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has been in the news recently following claims of financial misconduct.

The council was also placed under administration last year. The municipality owes its creditors close to R250 million.