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Final voter registration weekend

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Voting stations across the Province are accessible to everyone, making it more convenient to make use of this weekend’s opportunity.

LAST CHANCE: The Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Northern Cape is ready for this weekends final registration and more than 700 voting stations across the Northern Cape will be assisting voters to register on Saturday and Sunday. Picture: File

THE INDEPENDENT Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Northern Cape is ready for this weekend’s final voter registration and more than 700 voting stations across the Province will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

The IEC’s provincial electoral officer, Bonolo Modise, said yesterday that all voting stations would be open to afford voters an opportunity to prepare to make their mark in May 2019.

“There are 707 voting stations in the Province. This will be the last opportunity to register before the elections. We have secured all venues and our staff are also ready. We have, over the years, managed to find a way to address the vastness of the Province to ensure we reach everyone. Nobody will be left out of the opportunity to register in order to vote in May.”

Modise said that he was positive that the youth would come out in their numbers to register.

“We are hopeful that the youth will make use of this opportunity. It became clear in 2016 that the youth were very interested in the election process. We are certain that this year will be the same and that the number of young people voting will increase.”

He urged the people of the Province to make use of this last registration weekend.

“People can take their green bar-coded identity documents (ID), smart ID or temporary ID to the voting stations to register. If for some reason anyone is unable to make it to the voting station this weekend, we advise them to go to a local IEC office where they will be assisted. However, we have ensured that voting stations across the Province are accessible to everyone, making it more convenient to make use of this weekend’s opportunity.”

Modise added that prison registrations were also going smoothly.

“Registrations for prisoners ended today (yesterday). The two-day registration took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had access to the facilities in the Province as well as the inmates. There were those who were not in possession of their identity documents but those who did, made use of the opportunity,” he said.

Voters who are already registered can also make use of the opportunity to visit their voting station this weekend to check their registration and specifically to confirm and update their address details.

Registered voters can also visit the Electoral Commission website (www.elections.org.za) to check their current registration details and voting station location. They can also SMS their ID number to 32810 to receive an SMS containing their registration status and the address of their voting station (charged at R1).

Unregistered voters can insert their address in the Voting Station Finder application on the website (http://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/) to find their correct voting station or call the Contact Centre.

An online facility (www.elections.org.za/MyIEC) is also available for registered voters with access to the internet to update and review their address online.