The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is pleased with the high turnout of over 2.8 million South Africans who registered to vote or updated their details on the voters’ roll.

The IEC says over 400 000 new voters registered ahead of next year’s general elections. The electoral body briefed the media in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The IEC says about 75% of eligible voters are recorded on the voters roll. 490 520 were voting for the first time.

Of the new registrations over 82% were under the age of 30 and approximately 54% were women.

Gauteng saw the most new registrations at 23.69% followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 18.78 % and Limpopo at 17.03%.

The voters’ roll now stands at 26 250 939 voters which is estimated to be approximately 75% of all eligible voting population based on Stats SA.

Despite the positive turnout the IEC is still under pressure to confirm all outstanding addresses before next year’s elections.

Between now and next year we plan to spend more time to ensure that we reach all people with unconfirmed addresses in order to deal with this issue before the elections.

The electoral body also plans to find solutions to voting districts where problems occur.

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