IEC urges communities not to 'disrupt' voter registration weekend

The commission says this weekend is the final opportunity eligible voters have to register at their stations.

The IEC says over 25 million South Africans are registered on the voters roll, and have called on all unregistered voters to do so this coming final voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it's in discussions with all relevant parties, including law enforcement officials, to minimise disruptions during the final voter registration weekend, which starts on Saturday.

The IEC says more than three million voters registered last month.

The commission says this weekend is the final opportunity eligible voters have to register at their stations, although registration will continue at municipal offices.

CEO Mosotho Moepya says the IEC is concerned about disruptions and safety threats at some registration stations last month.

"We are hoping that in all of those discussions which we have undertaken, and continue to undertake, that the sum total of the implications of this on the work that we do will allow us to work fairly unhindered."

Moepya has urged community members not to disrupt the democratic process.

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The IEC says it's ready for the final voter registration weekend, which kicks off on Saturday.

It's says it's listened to complaints about irregularities and has rectified procedures.

Moepya says to date, there are 25.6 million registered voters on its system and the commission is hoping more people will take the opportunity to register this weekend.

He says the IEC has simplified the process.

"We have developed a form, [which] will be online tomorrow, where voters can capture their details and simply present the form at the voting stations."

He says those without formal addresses will be required to complete two forms to confirm that they live in their voting districts.

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