The IEC in KwaZulu-Natal says there are just over one million registered voters in the province with missing information on the voters’ roll.
The commission will use the upcoming registration weekend to encourage voters to update their details.
KwaZulu-Natal has the second highest number of registered voters in the country after Gauteng.
Failure to submit the details could result in repercussions in future elections.
KZN Electoral Officer Mawethu Mosery says, “These are individuals beyond November 2019, especially when we start preparing for the local government general elections, we will have to exclude from the voters roll.”
Another concern for the IEC is the youth. The IEC says 1.3 million youth are registered in the province of which 170 000 are first time voters, but based on the population statistics these numbers should be higher.
“Your new voters are few on the roll. We should be getting close to a million at this age group- your first time voters, people who have become 18 since the last general elections in 2016,” says Mosery.
This weekend over 4 800 voting stations will be open for registration. The national general elections are expected to take place in May.
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