Milestone! More than 27 million already registered to vote

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The national voter list has passed the 27 million mark for the first time ever.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) described this figure as a milestone during a media conference on Wednesday.

The certified voter list stood at 26.7 million during the 2019 election.

However, the commission is hoping for no registrations during the second (and last) registration weekend in the run-up to the 2024 national and provincial elections.

South Africans can visit more than 23 000 registration stations across the country this coming weekend (February 3 and 4) to register to vote or simply check their details before the election.

However, this weekend will be voters’ last chance before the election to register.

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said this afternoon that registration weekends remain the most accessible way of registration.

More than 2.9 million South Africans registered and/or updated their details on the electoral roll during the first registration weekend in November.

Just under 200,000 of the South Africans registered for the first time during the first registration weekend to draw their cross later this year.

According to Mamabolo, the IEC received a total of 498,000 new online registrations between November and the end of January. Mamabolo described the figure as a second milestone for the IEC.

The IEC attributes the increase in registrations between registration weekends to its first online registration platform launched in December.

Most registrations at this stage come from Gauteng (6.3 million), KwaZulu-Natal (5.5 million), Eastern Cape (3.3 million), Western Cape (3.2 million), Mpumalanga (1, 9 million), North West (1.7 million), Free State (1.4 million) and the Northern Cape (637 000).

Mamabolo further announced this afternoon that 55% of voters on the electoral roll are women and 45% men.

About 6.7 million of voters on the electoral roll fall in the age group of 30 to 39, followed by 5.9 million in the age group of 40 to 49. About 4.5 million of registered voters are currently between 50 and 59 years old.

About 4.1 million are between 20 and 29 years old.

SA’ers abroad

According to Mamabolo, the IEC received 18,000 new registrations from abroad in the past week.

However, only 29,000 South Africans out of the approximately 2 million currently living abroad have registered to vote in the national election to date.

The most registrations come from London in the United Kingdom (9,373), The Hague in the Netherlands (2,855), Dublin in Ireland (1,306), Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (1,090) and Canberra in Australia (1,075). .

RNews reported earlier this week that South Africans abroad say that the IEC’s very first online registration platform is riddled with technical problems, to the extent that some have given up after a struggle without successfully registering.