WHILE the voter registration drive closes on Sunday, changes can still be made to the voters roll up until the time that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, proclaims the date for the local government elections that are expected to take place on November 1.
The manager of the Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Northern Cape, Bonolo Modise, said on Sunday that the minister is expected to make an announcement on Monday, September 20.
“Voters will have up until midnight on the date that the proclamation is made to register to vote, change their address or check their details on the IEC online portal or by visiting their local IEC office. No proof of address will be required,” said Modise.
He added that no problems were experienced over the voter registration weekend in the Northern Cape, where stations were expected to close at 5pm on Sunday.
“We will assist anyone in the event of a last-minute rush before closing time. There was a good amount of activity at all our voting stations as well as a number of first-time voters who registered this weekend.”
Modise added that once the date for the local government elections closed, the voters roll would be closed, while the IEC would verify the voters roll and publish the candidates list, whereupon objections could be lodged.