The deterioration of municipalities in South Africa makes this year’s local government elections of the greatest importance and voters are encouraged to ensure that they are registered to vote in the elections. Too many voters decided in the heat of the elections to go and vote, just to find out that they are not registered, Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the FF Plus said.
Dr. Mulder says the FF Plus offers various services in an attempt to assist with this. In order to establish whether a person is registered, people can text their ID in a sms to 34139. Sms’ cost R2. It will also indicate where the person is registered to vote.
Voters can also phone a service number to establish whether and where they are registered. The number to dial is 0861-700-700.
The same information can be obtained from the webpages at www.isekgeregistreer.co.za or www.amiregistered.co.za or accessing the FF Plus’ webpage at www.vfplus.org.za. Click on the link “Am I registered” to see your registration status.
People who have never voted before, or who have had a change of address, are given the opportunity this weekend (5 and 6 March) to register with all polling points being open. The next registration opportunity will be on 9 and 10 April.
If the ward demarcations in which you reside have changed, it may also be that you now fall into a different ward and you will have to go and register in the new ward in which you now fall.
Although these two weekends have been reserved especially for registrations, you may also register during the week at the IEC offices in your local municipality.