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For the first time in the history of democratic South Africa, the national voters’ roll has surpassed the 27 million mark. The Electoral Commission hopes the number will increase as it gears up for the final voter registration, this weekend.
The IEC, in collaboration with the Department of Correctional Services, has been on a three-day drive to get prisoners to register. The country’s election body has significantly ramped up registrations for South Africans living abroad.
Briefing the media on Wednesday on its readiness to hold the second national registration drive this weekend on February 3 and 4, the IEC says more South Africans than ever before have registered to vote in the upcoming general elections scheduled for later this year.
IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says, “The voter’s roll has for the first time surpassed the 27 million mark in the 2019 national and provincial elections the certified voter’s roll sat at 26. 7 million. We are encouraged that we have reached this milestone of 27 million people on the voter’s roll ahead of the second registration weekend event scheduled for this weekend.”
Mamabolo says in another significant development, just under 200,000 new registrations have been recorded in the IEC’s online platform since the national registration weekend in November 2023. He adds that registration activity on the platform in that period has been of around 500,000 people.