Call for voters to register in March

Election observers were on hand to monitor voting stations.

THE Electoral Commission has encouraged all eligible South African voters to visit their voting stations next month to update their details on the voters’ roll. The commission will on the weekend of 10 and 11 March 2018 open its voting stations for all eligible voters to update their details.

“All 22 612 voting stations around the country will open for the public between 8am and 5pm. The voters’ roll is the bedrock of electoral integrity. Its quality is the foundation for credible, free and fair elections. This includes making sure all eligible votes are registered in the correct segment of the voters’ roll,”  chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said.

In June 2016, the Constitutional Court handed down an order stating that the Electoral Commission must have a record of addresses for all registered voters.

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The Constitutional Court gave the Electoral Commission until June 2018 to update the voters’ roll with all available addresses.

Registration will not be opened internationally on this weekend, however the IEC is in talks with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to discuss modalities for registering South Africans who reside outside of the country.

How to know if you are registered: 

Voters can contact 0800 11 8000 from Monday to Friday during office hours to find out their correct voting station and can ask questions.

Resdidents can also update and review their addresses on the online facility is available at

Registered voters can also SMS their ID number to 32810 to receive an SMS containing the address of their voting station (charged at R1).


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