As South Africa gears up for the 2024 national and provincial elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced a crucial voter registration weekend set for November 18 and 19. The IEC encourages existing voters to update their details and urges first-time voters to register this weekend. Nearly 23,296 voting stations nationwide will be operational from 8 am to 5 pm during these registration days. Kate Bapela, the spokesperson for the IEC, highlighted the commission’s efforts to facilitate continuous enrollment through expanded registration modalities.
For those with internet access, registration, inspection, and updates can be conveniently done via https://registertovote.elections.org.za. Alternatively, voters can visit local offices or participate in various activation campaigns to register and update their information, according to Bapela. It’s essential to note that all South African citizens aged 16 years or older are eligible to register, while voting requires being 18 years or older. Individuals need a South African identity document, such as a green barcoded ID book, an ID smart card, or a valid temporary ID certificate to write.
The registration process also requires providing an address or description of one’s residence, enabling the IEC to place individuals in the correct ward and voting district. Notably, proof of address is not necessary. Citizens can register to vote or check and update their registration address through three avenues: online at registertovote.elections.org.za, at the voting station in their district, or the local IEC office on weekdays during office hours. The IEC voting station finder app at https://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/ is a handy tool to locate the correct voting station.
As the IEC gears up for their briefing on November 15, where they will announce voter registration stations in all wards in Benoni, citizens are encouraged to participate actively in the registration process. South Africa’s 2024 elections will likely occur between May and August 2024, with the date to be announced by the president early in 2024.
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