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The IEC reaches out to voters via SMS

The IEC plans to send over 5.3 million SMSes to registered voters for whom they don’t have addresses.

An IEC official takes down the details of a new eligible voter registering in the Denver community near Johannesburg's CBD. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it's going to send SMSes to over five million voters that it doesn't have addresses of, to ask them to register with their addresses this weekend.

The commission has applied to the Constitutional Court, asking it to overrule an Electoral Court ruling that it must have the addresses of voters on the voters' roll.

The IEC says it's sending SMSes to around 5.3 million registered voters, asking them to take their address information to the nearest voting station on 9 and 10 April.

It says it's hoping to reach the 1.6 million voters for whom it doesn't have phone numbers through radio adverts.

Last year, the Constitutional Court said the commission must have sufficient particularity of the addresses of voters, before the electoral court ruled that meant it had to have the addresses of voters, before they could vote.

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