IEC asks South Africans to take advantage of the weekend’s voter registration drive

South African qued for voter registration ahead of closing date. [Image: courtesy]
South Africa—The South African municipal election will be held on 1 November 2021, to elect councils for all district, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the country’s nine provinces.

As a result, the country’s electoral body Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has asked South Africans to take advantage of the weekend’s voter registration drive.

Voting stations across the country will be open on the 18th and 19th of September to enable those wishing to participate in the November 1 election to register and amend their details if they have moved or changed their address.

The date comes after the Constitutional Court dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) bid to postpone the elections until next year, as per the recommendation of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Applications for special votes will open on September 20 and close on October 4.

“In order to register, voters need to bring an identity document which may be a smart card, green barcoded book, or a temporary identification certificate. It is essential that a voter indicates an address or a description of a place where life.

“Proof of residence is not a requirement of registration purposes. Jurisprudence from our courts provides that the commission must record a voter is registered within award in which they are ordinarily a resident,” says IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo

The IEC says it expects between 500,000 and 2 million more registrations throughout, its over 23000 stations in the country.

South African citizens in the diaspora are also lawfully allowed to vote. The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 permitted all South African citizens the right to register and vote in national elections.

To vote in diaspora one must be registered and submit a VEC10 notification within the period specified on the elections timetable, 15 days from the date on which the election is proclaimed.

Once you’re a registered voter, a receipt is pasted on your ID book when you apply for registration. If your name isn’t on the voters roll on Election Day and you don’t have your registration sticker, you have no proof that you applied for registration and you won’t be able to vote.

Addressing the concern of COVID-19 guidelines, Mamabolo said strict protocols are in place and citizens can rest assured that safety is a top priority