Cape Town – The Electoral Commission has reported a successful start to the Voter Registration Weekend, with over a million registrations recorded at 23 296 voting stations by the end of the first day.
By 08:00 the next day, 91% of voting stations had opened.
“At the close of day one of registration weekend, over a million registrations were recorded at our 23 296 voting stations. At 12h30 today (Sunday), a total of 609 447 registration transactions had been recorded at voting stations.
“The commission also recorded an all-time milestone of over 100 000 online registrations. Today, the figure of online registrations stands at 40 000,” said the IEC in a statement.
Over a million registrations were logged on Saturday alone. Thousands of people also made use of the online portal. Institute of Election Management Services in Africa’s Terry Tselane says political parties and the IEC have a bigger role to play.
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However, there were some issues with online registrations showing a “pending” message, mainly due to unreadable or unrecognised ID images.
“The ‘pending’ message is received by voters in instances where the ID image that they have uploaded cannot be read or recognised by the system or where an image other than an ID has been uploaded. We urge voters to take extra care and follow system prompts when uploading images of their ID,” said the commission.
It applauded the thousands of South Africans who have gone online and visited registration stations to register, re-register or check their details.
“We urge those that have not done so to use the remaining hours of today to go out in their numbers to register.”
Compiled by Betha Madhomu