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You may be registered but IEC urges voters to check addresses

The IEC says it's missing addresses for almost 16 million voters.

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

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has called on all persons who previously registered to vote in the local government elections to return to their voting stations to ensure their home addresses are on the system.

Sunday is the final day of the last voter registration weekend before the elections are held on 3 August. But the IEC says its database is still missing 15.9 million addresses and it would be impossible to add them before the polls.

The commission says while its database does contain the addresses of millions of voters, it wants all eligible voters to confirm their details this week.

"The electoral commission is also making a special plea to all existing registered voters to use this weekend to visit their voting stations to update and confirm their address details," says IEC Chairperson Mosotho Moepya.

Moepya says his team managed to collect one million addresses during the last voter registration drive.

"We will use this registration weekend to harvest even more address data and we will make the announcement in due course about the numbers of voters whose addresses we still do not have."

While this is the final voter registration weekend eligible persons will still be able to register for the elections at any IEC office.

WATCH: IEC Chairperson Mosotho Moepya reacts to day one of the final voter registration weekend campaign.

Meanwhile, the commission says the last voter registration weekend has proceeded smoothly at most centres around the country.

Western IEC officer Courtney Sampson: "I think on the whole [yesterday] went well and according to plan. The registration stations were open for people to make use of the opportunity to register."

However, Sampson says some stations had to close prematurely, including one in Paarl and another in Mossel Bay due to unrest.

"It had a lot to do with service delivery or unhappiness with the councillor or candidate, and the thing is the IEC then enters in that space of discontent and then becomes the target."

UNREST IN GAUTENG INFORMAL SETTLEMENT

In Gauteng, Protesting residents at the Kapok informal settlement in Orange Farm say voting for an opposition party isn't an option and they would rather boycott the upcoming elections.

Residents tried to prevent the IEC from entering the area by barricading the entrances. But with help of the police, the polling officials managed to open up the registration station on Saturday.

At the same time, residents at the nearby Hopefield informal settlement also took to the streets demonstrating over service delivery issues.

Community members in both informal settlements say protesting is their only way of getting government's attention.

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