How and where you can register to vote this weekend

2016 Municipal Election voting registration is set to take place this weekend – 5 and 6 March 2016 – here’s how you can check if you’re already on the roll.

The local government elections will be held within three months after 18 May, the date of the last election – with the official dates still to be finalised.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a total of 24.95 million people are registered to vote – which is slightly lower than the number of registered voters during the 2014 general elections, which was 25.3 million.

The IEC, along with government and all political parties encourage citizens who are not yet registered to vote to do so, so they can have their voices heard in the coming election.

The 2016 election is expected to see a close battle in many wards across the country, but all eyes are on three major metros – Tshwane, City of Joburg and Nelson Mandela Bay – where the ANC’s power is under threat by opposition parties.

Are you registered?

If you voted in the 2014 General Elections, then you should already be on the voter’s roll for the 2016 Elections.

To check to see if you’re registered – and where – you can go to the DA’s website and enter your ID number. You can also enter a cellphone number or email address to be reminded to vote on election day.

If you’ve moved since the 2014 elections, or have been notified that your district boundaries have changed, you need to go back to your registration point and fill in a form to change your details to ensure you’re on the correct roll.

For new voters, registration and voting is open to all South African citizens who are 18 years or older, who have the relevant identification documentation.

To register, you need one of the following:

  • Green, bar-coded ID book
  • Smartcard ID
  • Temporary ID certificate

No other forms of identification are accepted – and no proof of residence is required.

Registration can take place either at any time during office hours at a local electoral commission office in your voting district, or on registration days – one of which is scheduled for 5 and 6 March 2016.

You must vote at the same voting station you registered at, which should be in the district where you live most of the time.

You can find your closest voting station here.

Alternatively, to find your voting station you can call 080 011 8000 or dial *120*432#.

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