Final #RegWeekend In Numbers

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) briefed media on January 29. The commission spoke on the outcomes of the final registration weekend for the 2019 National Elections. The Daily Vox team rounds up.

Around 2.5 million South Africans visited their voting stations to either register to vote or check their voter registration details said chairperson Glen Mashinini. The voter registration weekend took place between January 26-27. Combined with the March 2018 registration, 5.2 million South Africans came out to register.

In terms of a gender breakdown – 52% of new voters are women and 48% are men. From the total number of new voters – 49.2% are aged 20-29, 26.6% between the age of 18-19, and 5.9% aged 16-17.

There were 700,000 people who registered for the first time, said commission chief executive Sy Mamabolo. From that number 81%, there were young people under the age of 30. “This means that the youth have heeded the call to register,” said Mamabolo. The current voters roll stands at 26,727,921 registered South Africans.

KwaZulu Natal has had the highest number of new registered voters. The most registered voters are in Gauteng. The total registration stands at 74.4% of the eligible voting population.

There’s Still Time To Vote

“Those who are eligible to vote still have a window to register to vote until the President proclaims the election date,” said Mamabolo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has yet to announce the date of the election.

People can go to the IEC offices to update details and register up till the time of the announcement. The IEC said that they hope young people will use that opportunity to register at the IEC offices.

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The online system of IEC allowed voters to check their details online. Around 50,000 people used the “Click, Check and Confirm” feature to update their address details over the weekend.

While the IEC were generally pleased with the results of the weekend, they have expressed concerns. The Commission says that over 9 million eligible voters have not registered for the elections. Of that number 6 million are under the age of 30 years old.

During early February, the Commission will be holding registration drives at universities around the country. This is in order to increase the number of registrations among young people.

For South Africans living overseas – a registration weekend will be held February 1-4.

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