IEC reaches over half of its target for new registered voters

The IEC’s voter management devices experienced glitches with its mapping functionality on Saturday, but the issues were resolved and systems proceeded to function seamlessly.

The new Voter Management Device that will be used to improve data capturing of voters for elections in South Africa. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission has not reached its target for newly registered voters for the 1 November municipal elections.

Registration at sites concluded on Sunday where hundreds of thousands of residents made their way to over 23,000 stations.

The IEC said it registered around 1.3 million people over the voter registration weekend and a quarter of those were new additions to the voters’ roll. The IEC's target was 500,000 newly registered voters.

Chief Electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said:: “On Saturday, we processed just under 600,000 and [on Sunday], around another 700,000.”

The online portal for voter registration will be closing at midnight.

Only nine of registration stations were unable to open on Sunday, mainly as a result of service delivery protests.

The IEC’s voter management devices experienced glitches with its mapping functionality on Saturday, but the issues were resolved and systems proceeded to function seamlessly.

Some refrained from visiting sites and opted to use the online portal, which drew over 39,000 registrations.

Meanwhile, residents who wish to apply for a special vote can do so from Monday by visiting their local IEC office or by applying online.

The electoral commission added that nominations for candidates have also reopened and will be closing at 5 pm on Tuesday.

There was also one scuffle in KwaZulu-Natal that saw ANC and EFF members clash in KwaDambuza.

It started when EFF leader Julius Malema arrived to monitor voter’s registration and ANC members tried to prevent him from getting inside.

Mamabolo said the weekend went smoothly overall.

“…much stronger yesterday than it was on Saturday and that was to be expected. It’s been the case ever since we started the process of voter registration. Even in terms of the registration figures, we will have a greater turnout than we would have on Saturday.”

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