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Voter registration still open

Eligible voters who had yet to register to vote still have an opportunity to do so.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the public could make an appointment to register at a local IEC office.

However, it must be done before President Jacob Zuma publishes the election date in the Government Gazette, after which the voters’ roll would be closed.

The commission anticipates that the election date will be published in the Government Gazette before the end of February.

Meanwhile, despite heavy rains in Gauteng and other parts of the country, which caused some logistic challenges, the commission was pleased with the outcome of this weekend’s final voter registration drive. It was estimated that about 1.2 million people registered to vote across the country on 8 February.

According to the IEC, there was a significant increase in the number of young people who registered to vote on 8 and 9 February.

Reports indicated that about half of all visitors to registration stations on 8 February were new voters aged from 18 to 29 years old.

There was also a reported spike in registrations at stations near universities and colleges, many of which opened for students this week.

For more information about voter registration and the election go to the IEC website at www.elections.org.za.

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