The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng today thanked all of the almost 400 000 residents who participated in the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voter Registration Weekend.
Only 4 of the provinces 2648 voting stations were temporarily disrupted in Bekkersdal yesterday all of which were re-opened this morning. No major incidents of violence were reported. The response of the resident of Gauteng to this weekend's voter registration confirms that South Africa's young democracy is maturing. This maturity provides the clearest indication that the voters roll is set to increase in the 2014 general elections with younger voter coming on board.
Numbers of those who either enquired, re-registered or registered for the first time as new voters over the weekend was just below the 400 000 and the new registration were at 140 000.
Currently, just about 12% of voters aged between 18 and 19 are registered and among those in the 20 to 29 age bracket stand at just over 65%. We are certain that these numbers are set to increase by the time the voter registration gets to the second round and elections gets closure.
The ANC will continue to spare neither strength nor effort in ensuring that the campaign to ensure access to IDs for new voters and increase voter education through the deployment of its leaders and ordinary members in all are areas throughout the province.
Issued by ANC Gauteng Provincial Secretary Elections David Makhura
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