More than 55 000 people registered for the 2021 local government elections in Limpopo on the first day of the registration weekend.

The Independent Electoral Commission provincial officer, Nkaro Mateta says seven voting stations in Lephalale, Lenyenye and Zebediela did not open due to demarcation issues as well as service delivery protests.

Mateta says they have not received any reports of problems across the voting stations on Sunday.

“More than 50 000 people were processed. In some areas, about seven of our station, things did not go according to the plan, simply because there were several reasons. Some of them are related to the demarcation issues, some of them are related to the candidate nomination issues processes, while others were related to service delivery ┬áToday, we’re hoping that 100% of the voting stations will be operational.”

The second leg of voter registration is now under way across the country

Meanwhile, voter registration is progressing well in the City of Tshwane. Executive Mayor, Randall Williams, is visiting voting stations in several regions on Sunday to motivate eligible voters to register for the forthcoming local government elections.

He says if South Africans want change in the country they must ensure that they register to vote in November.

“It’s time for all South Africans committed to a better future to take up your power and be part of this change. But if you are not registered correctly you cannot vote for the change that only the DA can bring or for a government that get things done. In this election every vote will count, every single one,” says Williams.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Mpumalanga to lead voter registration