IEC: 77 percent of eligible voters registered

The IEC has thanked those who made their way to registration points to update their addresses & register.

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JOHANNESBURG _- _The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says the latest voter registration weekend has seen more than three million people visiting registration stations, ahead of this year's municipal elections.

In total, more than six million people have registered or updated their details over two registration periods.

According to the commission, nearly 1,4 million South Africans headed to their stations over both voter registration weekends to add their names to the voters' roll.

The commission has thanked those who made their way to registration points to update their addresses.

It says it's exceeded its target of one million new voters.

Data collected shows that most first-time voters are under the age of 30.

CEC Mosotho Moepya says the number of people who responded to calls to update their addresses has been overwhelming.

"Three million people were re-registered in the same voting district. This final group was responding to calls to voters, for whom no address details were on record."

According to the commission, 77 percent of eligible voters are now registered.

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Those who haven't registered or updated their details can still visit their local IEC.

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

Moepya says calls for unregistered youth to register have been fruitful.

For the last registration weekend, the IEC partnered with Facebook to create an interactive platform among prospective South African voters.

Nearly 700,000 new registrations were recorded at the weekend, with a similar figure captured last month.