Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
1 minute read
4 Mar 2016
3:02 pm

Zuma urges South Africans to register

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

The stations will be open from 8am to 5pm each day to allow everybody an opportunity to register.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Siyabulela Duda

President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to register this weekend for the upcoming municipal elections.

According to a statement released by the Presidency on Friday, over 22 000 registration stations will be open over the two days.

“I wish to call upon all eligible citizens to go out in their numbers to their voting districts and stations to register or to update their information, so that they are ready for this important democratic process,” says President Zuma.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has designated March 5 and 6 as voter registration weekend for the upcoming 2016 municipal elections.

The stations will be open from 8am to 5pm each day to allow everybody an opportunity to register.

Those who need to register as first-time voters, re-register as a result of moving, or who have been affected by changes in ward or voting districts should present themselves to update their records with the IEC, the Presidency said.

Voters should bring a valid South African identity document (ID), either a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary identity certificate.

Those who have lost their ID are encouraged to approach their respective Home Affairs office and apply for a temporary ID certificate, as the offices will be open at the same time as the registration process.

“We also encourage young people who are turning 18 years old this year and others to go out in great numbers to register to vote so that that they can have their say in who governs our municipalities. Let us all go out in numbers to our voting stations this weekend,” the President concluded.