Young South Africans represent 91% of new vo …
Sy Mamabolo, Chief Electoral Officer of the South African Election Commission. (Photo: Gallo Images / Phill Magakoe)
The voter registration weekend received a “good response” from young people, with 91% of new registrations on the weekend coming from people aged 16 to 29.
More than 1.7 million voters registered during the special two-day registration weekend, September 18-19. These include new registrations and voters who corrected their registration information.
So said Sy Mamabolo, chief electoral officer of the South African Election Commission (IEC), who spoke to the media on Monday about the outcome of the election. voter registration weekend.
“The new registrations represent 433,198 requests…. 25% of the total recording activity, ”said Mamabolo. The re-registrations represent 1.2 million requests, he said.
The province with the most registrations is KwaZulu-Natal with 358,384 applications. Gauteng followed with 315,282 applications and Eastern Cape with 240,514 applications.
“Young people aged 16 to 29 represent 402,401 of new registrations, or 91%. Therefore, this registration effort elicited a good response from young people, ”said Mamabolo.
He added that 52% of all new registrations were from female voters, continuing the trend of increasing female participation.
Since its inception in July, the IEC’s online registration portal has processed 499,488 online applications. As of Sunday, 121,414 applicants used the online portal to register.
“We expect portal usage to stay on top for most of Monday as people use the remaining hours to register,” Mamabolo said.
Online registration is possible at IEC’s voters’ portal and closes at midnight on Monday.
Mamabolo noted that there were some technical issues with the online registration system, but the IEC was able to resolve the issues within a short period of time.
“Since last Wednesday, we have seen an increase in traffic on the online portal, and since we encountered these difficulties, we have [increased] capacity and made some technical changes, ”Mamabolo said.
“We monitor it 24 hours a day and when there are problems that arise, we are able to intervene in the short term to make sure that there are no service disruptions,” he said. he adds.
Voter registration for # LGE2021 continues online at https://t.co/WorsxgXJOo until midnight Monday, September 20. The voters list ends with a proclamation on that day. But hurry, register asap to avoid disappointment. #evervoicetogether pic.twitter.com/6WbJrgH8Cg
– IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) September 19, 2021
On Monday, the Constitutional Court rejected, free of charge, the Democratic Alliance’s request to overturn the CIS decision to reopen the registration of candidates for the elections.
ConCourt offers ANC lifeline after DA’s request to block reopening of candidate registrations fails
Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Mamabolo welcomed the ruling by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that the CIS decision to reopen the candidate nomination process on Monday and Tuesday is not “unconstitutional” and ” illegal ”.
“The clarity provided by the Constitutional Court on this issue has laid a solid foundation for all parties to focus on preparing for the elections,” said Mamabolo.
(1/2) Judgment: The Constitutional Court ruled that the decision of the Electoral Commission to reopen the process of nominating candidates for the municipal elections of 2021, in accordance with the order of this Court issued on September 3, 2021, no. is not unconstitutional, illegal and invalid.
– Constitutional Court (@ConCourtSA) September 20, 2021
Mamabolo further praised the proclamation of the day of the elections by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Monday. “This legal act formally institutes the electoral phase in the reconstitution of municipal councils within the local sphere of government,” said Mamabolo.
The proclamation by the minister of election day on November 1, 2021 allows the CEI to publish a modified electoral calendar, a consequence of the reopening of the registration process.
The candidate nomination process will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and the final list of candidates will be published on September 29.
Applications for special votes were opened on Monday and will close on October 4. Special votes will be cast on October 30 and 31.
You can request a special vote online on the IEC website.
“Special votes in these elections are going to take on increased importance as we want to use special votes to depopulate polling stations on election day,” Mamabolo said. DM