Voter Registration: Addressing the voters’ roll

A look inside the voting station.

This registration weekend is evidence of the Electoral Commission’s early start to its preparations for the 2019 elections. These elections are expected to take place between May and August 2019.

Critically, this registration weekend is a milestone towards the culmination of a two-year project to obtain addresses for all registered voters by June 2018. It is also an opportunity to ensure that voters are registered in the correct voting district segments.

South Africans might recall the ruling of the Constitutional Court in 2016 which gave the Electoral Commission until June 2018 to update the voters’ roll with all available addresses. During the past two years, the Electoral Commission has made significant progress in updating addresses on the voters’ roll, including:

• increasing the proportion of complete addresses from 34 per cent of registered voters in March 2016 to 75 per cent of registered voters currently;

• reducing the proportion of incomplete or generic addresses from 34 per cent in March 2016 to 14 per cent, and

• reducing the percentage of registered voters without any recorded address from 32 per cent to approximately 11 per cent.

The current voters’ roll statistics are as follows:

Voter’s roll category: Number of registered voters*

Complete address: 19 418 210 (75 per cent)

REC AS address: 115 142 (0,4 per cent)

Incomplete/generic address: 3 551 266 (14 per cent)

No recorded address: 2 815 160 (11 per cent)

Total registered voters: 25 899 778

*As at 30 November 2017

“The voters’ roll is a fundamental safeguard for free and fair elections. It is an instrument for facilitating electoral participation, which is placed at the disposal of political parties for campaign purposes. It serves a functional purpose as a planning tool for accurate provision of electoral material and the avoidance of electoral fraud,” said the Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo.

He once again urged all voters to make every effort to visit their voting stations during the weekend of 10 and 11 March 2018. “We are ready to open all the voting stations this weekend for all voters to easily update their address details on the voters’ roll, and for first-time voters to register. We need voters to show up and make use of the opportunity,” he said.

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Janine Viljoen

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