The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has emphasised that you don't have to be vaccinated in order to take part in this year's local elections.
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The first day of the voter registration weekend for the 1 November local government elections is well under way.
As the second day of voter registration weekend kicks off, the political fraternity is mourning the death of Joburg's mayor Jolidee Matongo who tragically died in a car accident on Saturday night after being on the campaign trail with ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa. President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was deeply saddened by the tragedy.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa faced a bit of jeering during his campaigning in Soweto today. Amid complaints about the electricity supply, he was accused of only wanting the residents' vote ahead of elections. Read the rest of the story here.
In that order, the IEC's application was dismissed but the commission was ordered to determine whether it was possible to hold voter registration for an election between 27 October and 1 November. If it determined that it was possible, it had to notify the Cogta minister and the public about the determination and then hold the voter registration and amend the timetable where applicable.
The voter registration process in KZN has been given the stamp of approval by the EFF's Julius Malema, who is campaigning in the area. Click here to find out what he had to say about the registration process.
The voter registration weekend presents one of the few chances for the electorate to interact with political parties in person as the parties set up shop outside the more than 23,000 registrations sites across the country. If they're lucky, the citizenry may even get the election pitch from the political big guns themselves.
The issue of the opening of candidate nominations has been a hot topic in recent weeks, with the IEC being taken to the Constitutional Court over the matter.
The IEC’s chairperson Glen Mashinini, at the time, said that in light of the fact that the commission had to hold a voter registration weekend, this meant that a number of amendments would have to be made to the election timetable, including setting a new deadline for candidate nominations.
The reopening of candidate nominations has been seen by some political parties as favouring the ruling African National Congress (ANC) after it failed to register candidates to contest in 93 municipalities.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), the main opposition, has taken the IEC to the Constitutional Court over the matter. The ANC is opposing the DA in this matter.
While the IEC has announced 1 November as the date for the local government elections, the date still has to be officially proclaimed by government. This will be done on Monday, 20 September by Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Once this is done, you are no longer able to register to vote on election day. Registration is open until 5pm today and on Sunday.
You can check your voter registration status online at https://elections.org.za/pw/Voter/Voter-Information.
Once you have confirmed your identification, you will be able to see whether you are registered or not, your ward, who your ward councillor is and their affiliation as well as where your voting station is.
Here are some interesting facts about the South African electorate:
- There are 25,714,840 registered voters.
- 14.2 million are female and 11.5 million are male.
- The 30-39 age group has the most registered voters.
- Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal have the most registered voters at 23.88% and 20.74% respectively.
- The Northern Cape has 2.34% of the country's registered voters.
The IEC has emphasised that citizens do not have to be vaccinated to register, with Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, saying earlier in the week that South Africa's vaccination programme was not linked to the voter registration process.