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6 Things You Should Know About Voter Registration Weekend

6 Things You Should Know About Voter Registration Weekend

South Africans eligible to vote in the local government elections will take to the polls on Monday, the 1st of November 2021, with a voter registration taking place this weekend.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs made the announcement earlier this month.

The date comes after the Constitutional Court dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) bid to postpone the elections until next year, as per the recommendation of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.  Applications for special are set to open on September 20 and close on October 4.

What do you need to know about voter registration?

Why do I need to register to vote?

Before you can vote in the November elections, you have to register in the voting district where you live. This is important for municipal elections since you can only vote in the voting district where you are registered as a resident.

Where do I register?

You can visit your nearest voting station to register your details. This is important if you have relocated in the period since the last elections.

You can check where your nearest voting station is here.

You can also make an appointment to apply for registration during office hours at the local IEC office responsible for your voting district.

What do I need to take with me when I go to register? 

You need to register in person and take your smart ID card, green bar-coded ID book, or temporary ID certificate with you.

You also need to provide your physical address of where you live.

How do I register online?

You can also register on the IEC elections website.

If I’m abroad, can I still register to vote?

Yes, the Electoral Amendment Act of 2013 permits all South African citizens the right to register and vote abroad in elections.

To vote abroad, you must be registered and submit a VEC10 notification within the period specified on the election timetable, 15 days from the date on which the election is proclaimed.

ID book is in my maiden name, but my married name appears on the voters’ roll. Do I need to re-register?

No, IEC only uses your ID number and not your name. It checks your ID number against the National Population Register (NPR) to ensure that you are eligible to vote.

“We get your name as it’s reflected on the NPR (the department of home affairs automatically changes your name when you get married), and that is the name that appears on the voters’ roll. Your name on the voters’ roll does not have to matchthe name on your ID. You can apply to home affairs for a new ID reflecting your married name if you want to, but it’s not necessary to register or vote,” said the IEC.





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