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Unregistered voters offered another chance to register

Voters, who did not register over the past weekend, will have another chance to do so at the next registration weekend, on April 9 and 10.

They can also visit their local Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) office to register on weekdays. According to the IEC almost one million voters registered on March 5 and 6.

It was also a busy weekend for political parties.

The African National Congress sent its big guns to encourage potential voters to register. President Jacob Zuma was in KwaZulu Natal, while his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa was sent to Limpopo.

Although isolated incidents of violence were reported in some areas, parties are satisfied with the registration process.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says opposition parties also did whatever they could to woo potential voters.

“The Democratic Alliance was in Gauteng and in the Eastern Cape. While the Economic Freedom Fighters was also criss-crossing the country encouraging people to come out and register. Its leaders targeted the Eastern Cape after reports that Nelson Mandela Bay is up for grabs,” says Kodwa.

Smaller parties are also content with the registration process.

Discussions are currently underway with the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs about the election date.

– By Lehana Tsotetsi

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