IEC pleased with voter registration turnout

The IEC says it’s confident that over 3 million voters made their way to stations across the country.

The IEC says over 25 million South Africans are registered on the voters roll, and have called on all unregistered voters to do so this coming final voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is confident that over three million voters made their way to stations across the country this weekend.

Today was the last day for members of the public to register to vote and update their details before local government elections commence on 3 August.

The IEC says the three million figure will be analysed and results will be presented during the course of the week.

The electoral commission says there are close to 16 million addresses that are still missing in their database and those who didn't manage to register can still do so at any IEC office.

The voters' roll will however close once the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department pronounces the elections in a government gazette.

The electoral commission's senior operations manager, Granville Abrahams, says he feels most of the challenges from the first voter registration weekend have been addressed.

"It's still early days but at this stage I can say the three million mark that we passed in weekend registration one will once again be passed and the early indications say we are going to pass that three million mark."