The Electoral Commission has urged eligible young people to make use of the voter registration weekend to register to vote for the upcoming Local Government Elections.

Eligible voters can register or update their details. Voting stations across the country will open for voter registration from 8am until 5pm on the weekend of September 18 and 19.

The date of the election will then be announced on the 20th of this month. The IEC says it has communicated its preference of November 1 to government.

IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini says, “The Commission met to assess whether a registration weekend can be practical before elections. And having considered and deliberated on the matter, the commission has made a determination that a registration weekend is a necessity ahead of this general elections.”

IEC announces the Local Government Elections programme:

Political parties will be able to register candidates

The IEC says political parties will be able to register candidates for Local Government Elections. The Commission has amended a timetable for which those who failed to register will be able to do so.

On Friday, the Constitutional Court ruled against an application by the IEC to have the elections postponed from October 27 to February 2022. The Court ruled that the polls must go ahead between October 27 and November 1.