Voter registration was reported to be proceeding briskly at registration stations around the country on Sunday, as registration officials geared for a last minute rush from eligible voters eager to register for the 7 May 2014 elections.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) reported on Sunday that early indications from the country’s 22 263 registration stations showed that young people were heeding the call to participate in the elections which mark the 20th year of democracy.
“It is estimated that on Saturday there was total registration activity of about 1.2 million across the country. Initial indications show that about half of all visitors to registration stations yesterday were new voters aged 18 to 29 years old. A spike in registrations was also reported at stations at or near universities and colleges, many of which opened for students this week.
“Heavy overnight rains in Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and the Free State caused some logistic challenges to registration stations – especially those in tents – but in most cases officials had re-erected structures and signage in time for opening,” said the IEC.
By 12pm today, the IEC said only two registration stations had yet to open at all this weekend – in Joe Morolong and Tsantsabane in the Northern Cape on account of flooding.
“The Electoral Commission is monitoring the situation and will engage with the communities to make sure they are registered.”
The Electoral Commission also expressed its appreciation for the continued operations of registration stations in areas, which have experienced community protest action. These