IEC calls on South Africans to utilise last day of weekend drive

The IEC has called on eligible voters to go to their local polling stations and register.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials during voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape says it will return to areas affected by protests to provide residents with the opportunity to register for the local government elections.

Today is the last day of a weekend campaign aimed at getting eligible voters to go to their local polling stations and register.

Western Cape IEC officer Courtney Sampson says a few stations had to close prematurely due to unrest on Saturday.

"It really is balancing the mandate that we have as the IEC, to register South African citizens on the one hand, and then the security issues and the safety of people who work for us and [those] who want to use the facilities."

Sampson has called on communities to assist them.

"If the community members who have shown their discontent work with us [registration stations] will be open. I think we are talking two-three stations."

Meanwhile, South Africans are expected come out in their numbers today to take advantage of the last voter registration weekend.

The IEC has called on people to check whether they are registered, and to also provide their addresses. The commission says its database is still missing 15.9 million addresses and it would be impossible to add them before the polls.

Some areas have already reported an increased turnout, while others say it's been a quiet weekend.

Registration points will remain open until 5pm today.

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Registration was off to a slow start in one Cape Town informal settlement where service delivery protests are a regular occurrence.

Residents in the Siqalo informal settlement have been encouraged to visit the nearest voter station after only 85 people, out of the 12,000-strong population, showed up to register yesterday.

Meanwhile, residents of Kapok in Gauteng have vowed to boycott the local government elections set to take place on 3 August.

They burnt tyres and rubble, blocking all entrances to the area in an attempt to stall voter registration in the area.

Angry residents in Hopefield in Orange Farm say they too will not take part in the upcoming local government elections.

They say they would rather not vote because it hasn't changed their living conditions in the past.