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Millions visit voting registration stations

Written by Priscilla Khumalo

Local government

Over three million potential voters visited voting registration stations across the country during the first registration weekend recently. Of the 3 097 194 people who visited voting registration stations, 692 730 registered for the first time, while 1 086 958 re-registered in different voting districts and 1 317 506 confirmed and updated their registration details in the same voting district.

There was also a big response from young people, with 544 552 people under the age of 30 registering for the first time.

Almost 54 percent of people registering for the first time were women. This trend was observed in all provinces, except the Northern Cape, where there was almost a 50/50 split between men and women in respect of new registrations.

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng accounted for almost half of the new registrations, with 24 percent of new registrations in KwaZulu-Natal and 22.5 percent in Gauteng.

For more information call the IEC on: on 0800 11 8000 with your elections queries. The contact centre is open Monday to Friday, from 7am to 9pm.