Voters urged to register before roll closes


Eligible voters, who missed the last voter registration weekend for the
upcoming May 7 general election, can still do so today at their respective
municipal electoral offices before the voters? roll closes at midnight.

On Friday, President Jacob Zuma announced that together with the nine
provincial premiers, he would proclaim the 2014 general election today,
signalling the official start of the election timetable, which begins with the closing
of the voters? roll.

A list of municipal electoral offices is available at or
eligible voters can call 0800 11 8000.

Anticipating a last minute rush, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya said the commission will deploy additional
staff to its local offices to ensure that all eligible voters, who will still be in
queues at 5pm, are given a chance to register.

Eligible voters need to take their IDs with them - either a green barcoded ID
book, a new smartcard ID or a temporary ID certificate, which is available from
the Department of Home Affairs.

Following proclamation, the IEC will consult with the National Party Liaison
Committee on an election timetable.

The timetable will be published in an extraordinary Government Gazette on
Wednesday, 26 February.

The election timetable sets the dates for key activities for voters and
contestants in the run-up to the elections, including the deadlines for the
submission of candidate lists by parties, the application for special votes and
notifications to vote outside the country.

People who are registered outside the country need to complete the VEC 10
form online at, to indicate where they intend voting. The
form will be available from tomorrow until 12 March 2014.

A comprehensive election timetable will also be available at the
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Voters who need more information on the upcoming elections, such as
confirmation of their registration details and voting station locations, should
contact the IEC call centre or visit the website.

Voters who want to know whether they are registered and where they
should vote can also send an SMS with their ID number to 32810.