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Smooth start to voter registration weekend

Smooth start to voter registration weekend

Nearly 3 million South Africans turned up for the voter registration weekend, making it one of the busiest in recent history, said the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Tuesday.

This had been one of the busiest voter registration weekends in recent years, the IEC said. Of these, 490,520 were voters registering for the first time.

Mamabolo said there were about 26 million voters on the voters' roll, which is estimated to represent 75% of the eligible voting population.

The Eastern Cape is the province with the highest level of registration at 87 percent, followed by the Free State at 82.2 percent and KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and Northern Cape at 79 percent each.

Despite the high number of new voter registrations over the past weekend, Gauteng has the lowest overall registration at 67.3 percent.

There was also a spike in online activity with more than 50 000 registered voters using the website and our App to check and update their address details.

The Commission's brand new campaign Got 5? is encouraging people to register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote before the 17 April deadline if they have local elections in their area.

According to the CEO, users spend an average of just under 6 minutes on the app, which works 24 hours a day.

He said the registration forms containing the particulars of voters will be scanned and all demographic and address details will be captured over the coming weeks to determine the number of registrations that will reduce the shortfall of 2.8 million voters with incomplete residential address details.

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