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DA leaders encourage people to register to vote

The IEC says it hasn't planned another voter registration weekend.

DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga & Glynnis Breytenbach at Capital Park in Pretoria. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

PRETORIA/CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance's Tshwane Mayoral Candidate Solly Msimanga and MP Glynnis Breytenbach are encouraging voters to register today while they still have a chance.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it hasn't planned another voter registration weekend and if people don't register their details today they'll have to do so during office hours.

About nine million South Africans are not registered.

Msimanga is at the Capital Park Primary School in Pretoria with his family to check his details.

Breytenbach says it's vital that people use the opportunity this weekend to register.

"In the last election the second registration weekend was questionable so this may be the only opportunity and then you may have to go during office hours. If you don't vote, you are allowing other people to choose your government."

Voting stations will be open until 5pm today.

At the same time, it's been a frustrating morning for IEC officials at the Sea Point Civic Centre who were unable to open for registrations on time because the venue had been double booked.

Several locals were turned away as staff scrambled to make alternative arrangements.

JOHANNESBURG

Registration is proceeding smoothly in the Johannesburg CBD.

There are many people passing by, saying they've already registered and will only be back on voting day.

It's one of the largest voting stations in Johannesburg with about 10,500 registered voters.

Meanwhile, residents across the city have expressed the importance of casting their vote during the upcoming elections.

"It's important because if you don't vote you are not going to be heard. You must choose the party that you want to lead you," said one woman.

"I think from the highest level of society right down to the poor people, there's been shockwaves throughout the country and this is just one small step to try to restore some balance."

Voting stations will be open until 5pm today.