IEC to host voter registration this weekend

Monday, January 29, 2024

The Electoral Commission (IEC) will on Wednesday host a media briefing to unveil plans for the second national voter registration weekend scheduled for 3 and 4 February 2024.

The second national voter registration weekend is part of the Electoral Commission's effort to ensure that South Africans, who were unable to register to vote during the first registration drive in November 2023, have another opportunity to do so.

Existing voters will also use the opportunity to update and/or change their details before the voters’ roll is closed for the 2024 General Elections.

During the briefing, the Electoral Commission will shed light on its countrywide rollout plan ahead of the voter registration weekend.

Last week, the IEC announced that South Africans living abroad were given the opportunity to register at South Africa’s 120 high commissions, embassies and consulates on January 26, 27 and 28.

Registration for inmates at correctional centres is scheduled to take place between January 30 and February 1.

“The Commission has been informed that due to the transfer factor for inmates, correctional centres will also be accepting IDs for inmates serving sentences in distant towns or provinces. These identity documents will be transferred to the relevant facilities where inmates are incarcerated,” the IEC said in a statement.

The Department of Correctional Services has indicated that it will put all necessary measures in place to ensure that IDs are kept safe.

The IEC emphasizes that the online voter registration portal will remain accessible until the date of the proclamation of the elections, providing an additional avenue for voter registration.

According to the IEC, 23 296 voting stations will open from 08h00 to 17h00 on Saturday, 3 February and Sunday, 4 February to allow new voters to register and existing voters to check and if necessary, update their registration details ahead of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.

Following the first registration weekend held in November 2023, the voters’ roll contains 26.8 million voters.

The Commission said it is hopeful that the second registration weekend will build on and surpass the satisfactory turnout recorded in November.

Citizens aged 16 years and older can register to vote. All they need is a South African identity document (the green barcoded ID book, smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate).  However, only those aged 18 and older can vote.

When registering, voters will need to provide their address or a description of where they live to allow the Electoral Commission to place them on the correct segment of the voters’ roll. However, proof of address is not a requirement to register as a voter.     

The Electoral Commission helpline -- 0800 11 8000 -- is available to assist citizens with queries and information about the registration process and information related to locations of voting stations. –