Issue of voter addresses dominates Constitutional rights' debate

The transparency of the IEC, lack of young voters & the importance of committee liaisons were also discussed.

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CAPE TOWN - The issue of voters without addresses has dominated debate at a Constitutional Rights' breakfast in Cape Town.

Former MP and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) commissioner Raenette Taljaard and Western Cape electoral officer Courtney Sampson addressed the event.

The transparency of the IEC, the lack of young voters and the importance of committee liaisons were some of the other topics discussed.

The issue of a lack of addresses, for roughly a third of eligible voters, got the most attention at the event where voting processes were discussed.

Provincial Electoral Officer Courtney Sampson said, "How have we been comfortable for so long to live in an environment where some South Africans have no addresses at all?"

Taljaard, who's a director for Harvard's Centre for Africa Studies, reminded guests the right to vote is a founding provision of the Constitution.

Both believe these issues should not rest solely with the IEC, but that political parties and local government also have to contribute to resolve them.