On 8 and 9 November 2008, the Electoral Commission (IEC) will open 19 713 voting stations from 8:00 to 17:00 to enable first-time voters to register. It is also an opportunity for voters who have moved house to re-register in their new voting district.
Although the date for the 2009 national and provincial elections has not yet been determined, you need to register in order to vote.
It is important that the voters’ roll be updated via the registration process to take into account factors such as voters who were previously too young to vote or voters who have passed away since the 2006 elections.
A public call centre went live on 6 October 2008 as a service for voters to check whether they are already registered or to locate their voting station should they be first-time voters or have to re-register. The call centre can be contacted toll free on 0800 11 8000 from a landline. Business hours for the call centre have been extended from 07:00 to 21:00 until Sunday, 9 November 2008.
There is also a SMS service where voters can send their ID numbers to 32810 to check their registration details.
Potential voters are reminded to take their green bar-coded Identity Document (ID Book) or valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) with them when they go to register.
The Department of Home Affairs has graciously agreed to open their offices on Saturday, 8 November and Sunday, 9 November 2008 to accommodate South Africans who need Identity Documents. Office hours will be the same as for voting stations, i.e. 8:00 to 17:00. The public can also call the department toll free on 0800 60 1190 from a landline.
For more information please visit the IEC’s website at www.elections.org.za