IEC gears up for upcoming national, provincial elections

Sy Mamabolo
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The Electoral Commission says it will now focus on preparing for the forthcoming national and provincial elections. The statement follows two national registration weekends.

It is confirmed that over 2 million citizens registered to vote, check, or update their registration details at the Electoral Commission’s over 23 000 voting stations or online.

Citizens can continue to register online until President Cyril Ramaphosa proclaims the election date.

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Voters’ roll

The IEC has added 1.2 million citizens to the voters’ roll following last weekend’s and November’s national registration drives. This brings the total on the roll to 27.4 million names.

Electoral Commission’s CEO Sy Mamabolo says, “The Commission is calling for submissions from interested parties on the distribution of the 200 regional seats of the National Assembly. The period for public submissions closes on 20 February 2024.

The Commission will consider the submissions and representations together with data voter population, in each region to determine the spread of the 200 seats. This work is an important precursor to candidate nomination as it will enable political parties to know how many candidates they may field in each respective region to the national list.”

Voting population

The Commission says Gauteng has the biggest voting population on the voters’ roll at 6.4 million voters, KwaZulu-Natal follows with 5.7 with the Eastern Cape in third place with 3.4 million voters.

Mamabolo says youth participation in the democratic process has greatly increased overall.

“The age category 20 to 29, which is mainly young people, now represents 48% of the voting-age population at 4.3 million. So there has been an important reversal of the historic under representation of young persons so at least there has been great strides made to ameliorate the historic underrepresentation of young persons in that age category.”

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