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South Africans urged to register before 2016 elections are proclaimed

The voters roll will close once the Constitutional Court decision on the clarification of the issue relating to citizens and households without formal addresses has been announced.

“We encourage all residents of Kouga to use the period until the proclamation of the election date in the Government Gazette to register to vote, as well as update their details on the voters’ roll, including of providing their addresses,” said Elza Van Lingen, the DA mayoral candidate in Kouga.

Voters can visit the IEC office in Humansdorp to register and update their details.

The department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs  Deputy Minister, Andries Nel, said by law, the IEC usually requires a period of 70 to 90 days between the proclamation date and election day.

He said a lot of progress has been made by government to ensure that the country is ready for the fourth democratic Local Government Elections.

In a briefing last month, Minister Van Rooyen said they would have liked to proclaim the election date soon after the announcement of the election date.

However, they are awaiting the important Constitutional Court decision on the clarification of the issue of the challenge relating to citizens and households without formal addresses.

“We are confident that the Constitutional Court decision on the 9th of May will provide clarification relating to citizens and households without formal addresses.

The proclamation of the election date in the Government Gazette will follow the decision of the Constitutional Court.

Around 12 million out of approximately 26 million voters are currently affected by the address issue.

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