Electoral roll: That’s how things stand now

Henry

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has almost finished with pres. Cyril Ramaphosa deliberates.

However, it is still not clear when Ramaphosa plans to announce the election date.

Online registration remains open until then.

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo announced during a media conference in Centurion on Tuesday that the voter roll now stands at 27.4 million.

Most voters come from Gauteng (6.4 million), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (5.7 million) and the Eastern Cape (3.4 million).

According to the latest figures, the two registration weekends produced around 1.2 million new voters.

More than 2 million transactions were recorded during the second (and final) registration weekend, of which 457,000 (22%) were new voters registering to vote for the first time.

The rest were existing voters who simply checked and updated their information in the run-up to the election.

Mamabolo was delighted to announce this afternoon that 77% of these new voters are under 29 years old. Mamabolo described this figure as an important reversal of the historical under-representation of young people.

KwaZulu-Natal reported 510,000 transactions this past weekend, followed by Gauteng with 450,000 transactions and the Eastern Cape with 305,000 transactions.

The figures also show that KwaZulu-Natal produced the most so-called young voters (103 000), followed by Gauteng (82 000) and the Eastern Cape (43 000).

About 47% of voters who use the online registration portal are under 29 years old.