3 August confirmed for local govt elections

The president encouraged all South Africans, who are eligible to vote, to register for the local elections.

A voting station sign was put up at the Capital Hill primary school in Pretoria during voter registration. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has announced that local government elections will be held on 3 August.

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen will follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the date and undertake any other requirements.

The president has further encouraged all South Africans who are eligible to vote, in particular, the youth who would be voting for the first time, to register for the local elections during the voter registration weekend of 9 to 10 April 2016, as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission(IEC).

"We urge all those who are eligible to vote register to vote and those who have not checked their names to do so on Saturday and Sunday this weekend so that together we continue to re-affirm and deepen our democracy," said President Zuma.

Meanwhile, the IEC has welcomed President Zuma's announcement of the elections date.

The commission says the date falls within the constitutionally-mandated window to host polls.

IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya said, "The IEC is appealing to all eligible voters to make use of the final opportunity to register, update their registration and address details at their voting stations this weekend."

ANC & DA READY FOR ELECTIONS

Both the African National Congress(ANC) and the Democratic Alliance(DA) say they're ready for the local government elections.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says they're ready for August.

"We are quite excited as the ANC and we have no reason to doubt that we will win overwhelmingly in these upcoming local government elections."

The DA's James Selfe says they can't wait.

"We are already, willing and able to fight the elections. We think it's going to be a really significant poll."

But the electoral commission is still waiting for the Constitutional Court to clarify what information it will have to include about the addresses of voters on the voters roll before the polls can go ahead.

IEC READY FOR FINAL REGISTRATION WEEKEND

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

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

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

He says the IEC has simplified the process.

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

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

WATCH: IEC: All systems go for final voter registration weekend

OVER 3 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED VOTING STATIONS

Last month, the IEC said more than three million South Africans visited voting stations during registration weekend.

The commission announced that the youth accounted for more than 544,000 of the first time registrations taken on that weekend as part of more than R692,730 new registrations.

Officials said they were particularly pleased by the response from first-time voters.

Chairperson Glen Mashinini expressed satisfaction with what the IEC said was an incredible weekend.

"I'm going to announce only three things: Good news, good news and good news."

He said the number of new registrations was higher than that recorded in 2011.

"Six hundred and ninety-three thousand were new registrants and 1.9 million were re-registrations."

The IEC said more than half of nearly 700,000 new registrations were by people under the age of 30.

More than 30,000 teenagers who weren't yet old enough to vote have already added their names to the voters roll nationwide as encouraged by the IEC.