Progress made in assigning addresses to voters’ roll

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cabinet is pleased with the progress being made in the implementation of the Constitutional Court judgment to assign addresses to the voters’ roll.

In June 2016, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had to correctly capture the addresses of all registered voters on the voters’ roll before the 2019 general election. The Constitutional Court set the IEC a deadline for 30 June 2018.

At its fortnightly meeting this week Cabinet was briefed on the progress report on the implementation of the judgment. 

Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, briefing media in Cape Town on Thursday, said Cabinet appreciated the full compliance with the six monthly progress reports submitted to the Constitutional Court.

“To date the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), working with other state agencies, has attained almost 75% success in collecting the addresses of potential voters,” said the Minister.

Cabinet was also briefed on the planned programme by the SAPO to assist those who do not have physical addresses. “Cabinet is pleased with the progress and the collaborative work conducted by SAPO, the IEC and other state agencies on the assignment of addresses project,” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

She said Cabinet called on those who have not yet updated their addresses to do so during the next voter registration week in March 2018.

Online address campaign

The Electoral Commission launched an online address campaign to assist it in meeting the 30 June 2018 target to capture addresses of all registered voters.

The MyIEC online campaign allows voters to log onto the IEC website via www.elections.org.za/MyIEC to update and capture their addresses.

Once voters have created their profile on the site, they can easily locate their address on the map provided or fill in their address manually.

The facility includes features which allow the user to pinpoint their address on a map provided on the site.

To assist voters, the IEC revived its Contact Centre on 0800 11 8000 and a short demonstration video has been included on its website.

The system allows for voters to change addresses as often as they move to ensure that voters’ details are always updated.

The ward or district where the voter is registered will be verified and a notification sent to them. If it is found that the voter is registered in the wrong ward, according to section 11 and 12 of the Electoral Act, the Chief Electoral Officer can allocate the voter to a ward. – SAnews.gov.za