IEC to release voter registration figures this week

The IEC says it's confident that over 3 million voters made their way to stations across SA this weekend.

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

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is expected to reveal figures this week on how many people registered to vote at the weekend, and how many updated their details during the voter registration drive.

The IEC says it's confident that over three million voters made their way to stations across the country this weekend, and the data will be analysed.

Early indications on Saturday revealed that about 70 percent of the stations showed over one million voters visited stations to register.

People who were unable to register, update their address details or re-register can still do so at any municipal IEC office.

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The IEC's Granville Abrahams says most of the disruptions caused at the weekend were in the Vhembe District in Limpopo.

"Out of the nine provinces, in eight of the nine provinces, all voting stations were open."

The commission says there are close to 16 million addresses that are still missing in their database and those who didn't manage to register.

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

At the same time, Minister Des van Rooyen has condemned the acts of violence at voting stations and has called on traditional leaders to attend to residents' service delivery grievances.

The minister has called on aggrieved communities to address their concerns through the correct channels without infringing upon other people's right to vote.

"We are calling on all affected communities, leaders and stakeholders to really encourage our communities to engage in dialogue but also to engage in peaceful manners when raising their concerns."


Isolated incidents of protests in some areas in the country didn't completely mar this weekend's voter registration drive.

The IEC in the Western Cape says despite a few areas where problems arose, it was a successful registration weekend in the province.

More than 20,000 registration points were set up countrywide to allow eligible voters to check their personal details, while prospective voters could register.

It was the final official registration drive ahead of the 3 August local government elections.

As voter registration centres officially closed their doors yesterday afternoon, Western Cape IEC head Courtney Sampson said that for the most part, it went well.

"It was a very interesting day insofar that we had so few incidents that we had to attend to."

On Saturday, there were a few incidents as a station in Mossel Bay had to close due to community protests.

Sampson says the Mbekweni township, outside Paarl, was also affected on the same day.

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"Some people of the community have been threatening staff, two of the tents got set alight - no one was hurt, fortunately."

Sampson believes the IEC upheld its mandate over the weekend.