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IEC hoping for ‘peaceful start’ to voter registration drive

The IEC says two-thirds of registered voters currently have partial, or no address details on the roll.

A voting station sign was put up at the Capital Hill primary school in Pretoria during voter registration on 6 March 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is hoping for a peaceful start to this weekend's voter registration drive as it calls on South Africans to add their name to the voters' roll and to verify their addresses.

The commission says about two-thirds of registered voters currently have partial, or no address details on the roll.

The commission has sent notifications to five million people requesting them to confirm their home addresses ahead of the local government elections to be held in august.

The IEC is trying to comply with an Electoral Court ruling that the voters' roll should contain addresses to ensure people vote where they live.

The IEC's Sy Mamabolo says some voters who were registered prior to last year's electoral court ruling may not have their addresses listed on the voters' roll.

"We have not always retained addresses of applicants because addresses were never a requirement."

Mamabolo says while these people are on the voters' roll, their addresses now need to be captured and retained as per the court ruling.

"It's firstly to enable political parties to verify whether people are correctly registered and also to assist them in their campaign process."

Those who are unable to update their details this weekend can do so at their local IEC offices while the voters' roll is still open.