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Home Affairs extends hours to accommodate voter registration weekend

As of today, offices across the country will be open for longer, with an additional business day on Sunday.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department says it will again be amending its operating hours to accommodate this weekend's voter registration.

As of today, offices across the country will be open for longer, with an additional business day on Sunday.

This is the second round of registrations with the previous one yielding a turnout of more than three million voters.

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

Now, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) expects an influx of people with more than five million being called on to visit their local stations to register their addresses.

Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said, "The department will be amending its hours and also be opening on Sunday. We will be open from 8am to 5pm, giving the opportunity to those people who want to get certain documents that they need for voter registration weekend."

THE IEC REACHES OUT TO VOTERS VIA SMS

The IEC said yesterday it would send SMSes to over five million voters it didn't have addresses for, to ask them to register with their addresses this weekend.

The commission 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.

WATCH: Everything you need to know about the upcoming voter registration weekend.

The IEC sent 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 said 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 addresses of voters, before the electoral court ruled - that meant it had to have the addresses of voters, before they could vote.