The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says that 26 756 898 million voters are eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming national and provincial elections.

In a statement released on Friday the IEC released these figures, following the certification of the voters’ roll.

The voters’ roll was founded ahead of the 1999 national and provincial elections and it has shown a steady growth of over 47% and contains the highest number of registered voters to date, recording an increase of 1 366 748 voters since 2014.

Of the 26.74 million registered voters, 14 716 879 are women (55%) which is 4% above of the demographic split of the South African population according to Stats SA.

The provinces with the highest number of registered voters are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

In terms of age, the biggest category of voters are those aged 30 – 39 years old, 6 685 472 – which represents 24.99% of the roll.

The IEC says the voters’ roll was certified and published on the Electoral Commission website earlier this week following the publication of the provisional voters’ roll for scrutiny and objection.

It further said digital copies of the voters’ roll are also being provided to all political parties which will contest the elections.

Only those voters whose names appear on the certified voters’ roll are eligible to vote in the 8 May elections.

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