IEC Amends timetable to allow voter and candidate lists registration.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced its new timetable amendments to allow the registration of voters and candidate lists between 18 and 19 September 2021.
In preparing to comply with the @ConCourtSA order, the Commission has determined that a registration event is necessary ahead of #LGE2021. Therefore, a #Regweekend is scheduled for 18 & 19 Sept, 8-5. More info at https://t.co/SPWHyOWMld. #EveryVoiceTogether #VoteSafe pic.twitter.com/b8jNMZRjvM
— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) September 6, 2021
This decision comes after the Constitutional Court decided on Friday to dismiss the application of postponing the local government elections to 2022. Political parties such as ANC, who failed to register their candidate lists in 93 Municipality before 23 August
2021, have welcomed the decision of the IEC.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said, reopening of candidates’ registration would ensure that the local government elections are free and fair.
“The ANC, therefore, welcomes the decision to reopen candidate list registration on 18 and 19 September 2021. We believe this is in line with our constitutional and legislation prescript.” Ramaphosa said.
The Chairperson the IEC, Glen Mashinini, said the decision of opening the registration of the South African voter’s and candidates list was reached over the weekend in the IEC meeting.
“To give impetus to the preparations of the elections, the Commission met over the weekend to assess whether a registration weekend can go ahead before the elections. Having considered and deliberated on the matter, the Commission has decided that a registration weekend is a necessity ahead of this general election. Therefore, a registration weekend is now scheduled for the weekend of 18 and 19 September 2021.”
Mashinini added that all 23 151 voting stations would be open on 18 and 19 September 2021.
“This registration weekend will offer all eligible citizens an opportunity to register or update their registration details. All the 23 151 voting stations will open from 08h00 until 17h00 on both days. The Commission urges young people, in particular, to take advantage of this opportunity to register and eventually vote,” said Mashinini.