Voter registration weekend for municipal by-elections
Voter registration will be held on 3 & 4 October 2020 for the 96 municipal ward by-elections, which is scheduled to take place in 56 municipalities on Wednesday, 11 November 2020. By-elections are scheduled in all nine provinces across 461 voting districts affecting over 600 000 registered voters.
Voting stations in affected wards will be open this weekend from 08:00 – 17:00 to allow all eligible voters to register and for current voters to check their registration details and to provide or update address details where necessary.
The Independent Electoral Commision (IEC) reminded voters to take their identity document with them. Citizens will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence.
The IEC warned that documented proof of address (e.g. a municipal account) is not required. Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward, in which they are not ordinarily resident.
In a statement, The IEC said the by-elections will be held under strict new COVID-19 protocols aimed at ensuring the safety of others.
‘’The by-elections will be held under strict new COVID-19 protocols aimed at ensuring the safety of voters, election staff, party agents, observers and other stakeholders. These include implementing strict social distancing practices outside and inside voting stations along with the use of hand sanitisers as voters enter and exit the voting station.’’
‘’Voters, election staff and all those entering the voting station will be required to wear a mask at all times. Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pens to mark their ballot papers, although pens will be provided and sanitized after each use.’’ IEC added.
For more information, visit www.elections.org.za
Done By: Tyler Layman