IEC expects record voter turnout

iecThe Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is determined to attain record voter turnout in next year’s election, chairwoman Pansy Tlakula said.

“We are preparing ourselves for an exceptionally high… voter turnout,” she said at the media launch for the 2014 elections in Midrand.

“In South Africa, our legislative framework requires citizens to register before they vote. Registration is apolitical and everyone has a role to play.”

Tlakula said voter registration needed to be embraced by, among others, political parties, organised labour, organised business, faith-based organisations, and civil society.

The IEC had started consulting with the relevant parties in this regard.

She announced that registration for next year’s elections would take place on November 9 and 10.

“All our voting stations in the country will be open for the purpose of voter registration from 8am.

“Our officials will be ready to welcome and assist all potential voters.”

Tlakula said those who were already registered should take the opportunity to check their details on the voters’ roll, and those who had moved should register in their areas.

She called on young people, especially those who were voting for the first time, to register.

“Democracy and freedom came at a great price and you cannot take it for granted. We should treasure and use the opportunity to exercise that right [to vote],” Tlakula said. – Sapa