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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will hold a voter registration drive this weekend ahead of the by-elections that will be held in Phokwane, Hantam, Khai Mai, Ubuntu, Renosterberg, Kai Garib, Tstantsabane and Dawid Kruiper municipalities on November 11.

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will hold a voter registration drive this weekend ahead of the by-elections that will be held in Phokwane, Hantam, Khai Mai, Ubuntu, Renosterberg, Kai Garib, Tstantsabane and Dawid Kruiper municipalities on November 11.

Renosterberg and Phokwane municipalities were dissolved and placed under administration,

Nine proportional representative (PR) seats are vacant at Phokwane Municipality and three PR seats will be contested in Renosterberg.

The voting stations will be open from 8am until 5pm to allow voters to register and update their details .

Voters are reminded to bring their identity documents with them.

According to the IEC no by-elections have been held since the declaration of the national state of disaster when lockdown restrictions were introduced in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The IEC stated that by-elections would be held under strict new Covid-19 protocols aimed at ensuring the safety of voters, election staff, party agents, observers and other stakeholders.

“These include implementing strict social distancing practices outside and inside voting stations along with the use of hand sanitisers as voters enter and exit the voting station.Voters, election staff and all those entering the voting station will be required to wear a mask at all times. Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pens to mark their ballot papers although pens will be provided and sanitised after each use.”

Voters can check their registration status on www.elections.org.za/ieconline/ or SMS their ID number to 32810.