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Voter registration weekend for by-elections

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Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident.

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VOTER registration will be held in the Northern Cape this weekend for wards to be contested in municipal by-elections on February 13 2019.

According to the IEC, voting stations in seven wards in the Sol Plaatje Municipality will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

“This is to allow all eligible voters to register and for current voters to check their registration details and to provide/update address details where necessary.”

The wards became vacant after seven ward councillors were expelled from the ANC after being found guilty by the party of conspiring with opposition parties when they voted out the former Sol Plaatje executive mayor, Mangaliso Matika.

Voters must take their identity documents with them to register – either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a valid temporary ID certificate. They will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence. Documented proof of address (e.g. a municipal account) is not required.

Voters may also check and update their details at their local (municipal) Electoral Commission (IEC) office weekdays during office hours.

Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident.

The wards that will be contested includes Ward 9, with 4 094 registered voters. The voting stations here are Phatsimang College of Education and EP Lekhela Senior Secondary School.

Registration for Ward 11, with 3 186 voters, will take place at Isago Primary School and the Gasca Hall, while Ward 12 registration, which has 3 294 voters, will take place at Boichoko Primary School and Reneilwe Primary.

Registration for ward 16’s 3 711 voters will take place at Promised Land Day Care Centre and Tswelelang Office.

Ward 19, with 3 466 voters, will see registration at Zingisa No 1 School and Galeshewe old police station, while Ward 32, with 4 302 voters, will see registration take place at the new Phutanang Clinic and at IXhukhwe Combined School.

Special voting will take place at voting stations as well as through home visits on February 12 2019 between 8am and 5pm. Voters wishing to apply to cast a special vote can apply at their local IEC office during office hours between January 28 and February 1 2019.

Applications for special votes can also be made online via the IEC’s website, www.elections.org.za. Once voters have applied online they will receive an SMS notifying them of the outcome when their application has been processed. They can also check the status of their special vote application online at www.elections.org.za.

Voters can also apply for special votes via cellphone by SMSing their identity number to 32249 (charged at R1). The SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits.

For more information on these by-elections contact your local (municipal) IEC office weekdays during office hours. Contact details for all IEC offices are available on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za under Contact Us.

– Patsy Beangstrom