President Zuma calls on citizens to register

Friday, March 4, 2016

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has urged all eligible voters to get registered for the 2016 Local Government Elections tomorrow and on Sunday.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has designated 5 and 6 March 2016 as a voter registration weekend for the upcoming local government elections.

“I wish to call upon all eligible citizens to go out in their numbers to their voting districts and stations to register or to update their information, so that they are ready for this important democratic process,” said the President.

Over 22 000 registration stations, which is 1 700 more than the last Municipal Elections in 2011, will be opened at the weekend.

The President said those who need to register as first time voters, those who need to re-register because they have changed voting stations as a result of moving, or those who have been affected by changes in ward or voting districts, as well as every eligible voter should present themselves to update their records with the IEC.

The stations will be open from 8am to 5pm to allow everybody an opportunity to register.

“You are also reminded to bring your valid South African Identity Document, either a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate,” said the Presidency.

To assist this registration process, the offices of the Department of Home Affairs will also be open over the weekend between 8am and 5pm to coincide with the registration hours.

This will enable people to collect their IDs as well as allow those who may have lost their IDs to apply for a temporary ID certificate in order to register.

“I urge all South Africans to go and register, or to verify their status so as to fulfil this important duty as citizens of a democratic country.

“We also encourage young people who are turning 18 years old this year and others to go out in their numbers to register to vote so that that they can have their say in who governs our municipalities. Let us all go out in numbers to our voting stations this weekend."

The President will check his name at his voting station at Ntolwane Primary School, KwaNxamalala in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, tomorrow. -