IEC again urges South Africans to register to vote

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) urged all South Africans on Sunday to use the next few hours left in the  weekend voter registration drive by visiting voting stations to ensure they are able to vote in the upcoming elections.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the commission reported that voting stations opened in the day at 8am for the final day of the weekend registration drive.

Despite isolated disruptions in certain areas, the IEC said it was pleased that most incidents, which had affected registration operations on Saturday had been resolved, and almost all voting stations were operational on Sunday.

“The Electoral Commission would like to express its appreciation to community leaders, political leaders and traditional leaders, as well as the community members themselves for their assistance and support in ensuring voter registration activities could continue in almost all areas today.

“The Electoral Commission would also like to express its thanks to the security agencies, including the South African Police Service and various municipal police departments for their assistance in ensuring the safety and security of voters and our staff over the weekend,” the commission said.

The commission also urged all registered voters and all potential voters to make the most of the opening of over 22 600 voting stations close to where they live to conveniently and easily update their details on the voters’ roll. 

Voters visiting their voting station should take a copy of their bar-coded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificate as identification.

They will be assisted to complete a registration form providing their home address at which they ordinarily reside which will allow the Electoral Commission to place them in the correct voting district. Proof of residence is not required

Voting stations will open until 5pm on Sunday.

Registered voters wishing to check or revise their address can also do so online on

For more information, voters can call the IEC Contact Centre 0800 11 8000. –


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