IEC moves to calm citizens following voters' roll claims

Some eligible voters claim their information was deliberately removed from the voters’ roll.

FILE. An IEC official stands at a registration point in Denver. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it would be premature to think registered voters, who don't have an address registered on the voters' role, will not be able to vote.

Millions of South Africans were left frustrated at the weekend during the last registration weekend drive, when they received an SMS asking to update their addresses.

Some eligible voters claim they have been residing in the same area for years, and claim their information was deliberately removed.

The IEC's senior manager Granville Abrahams says no eligible voter who has been registered before has been removed from the voters' roll.

He's called on any person or party making these claims to come forward with proof.

"Nobody's name or details have been amended, adjusted or deleted from the voters' roll."

Abrahams says there has been unnecessary panic.

"It's wild allegations, it's irresponsible whether it's by political parties, news reporters or individuals. It can only cause panic."

The IEC says it's still working on getting clarity around the issue of voters' addresses, which has been the subject of a legal battle.