Mar 2016 1st Edition

SA urged to register to vote

South Africans have been encouraged to register to vote in the upcoming local government elections.

The first registration weekend will be on 5 and 6 March. President Jacob Zuma announced during the State of the Nation Address, in Parliament, that the local government elections will be held within three months after 18 May, the date of the last local government elections.

“We urge the youth, in particular those who are turning 18 this year, to register in their numbers for this first ever opportunity to cast their votes,” said President Zuma.

Finding your correct voting station

All eligible voters (South African citizens aged 18 or older) should ensure they are registered in the correct voting district where they ordinarily live. Voters who are already registered can SMS their ID number to 32810 (cost R1) to receive confirmation of their voter registration details including the name of their voting station.

Voters need to take with them their green barcoded ID book, smart ID card or a valid temporary ID certificate to the voting station. No other forms of ID are accepted for voter registration. It’s important for voters to vote where they live.

Register to vote in the 2016 municipal elections on 5 and 6 march 2016. All voting stations will open from 8am to 5pm over the weekend of saturday 5 march and sunday 6 march. There are a number of ways voters can find their correct voting station:

  • Call the Electoral Commission contact centre on 0800 11 8000 between 7am and 9pm weekdays.
  • Use the voting station finder app on the iec website at
  • Dial *120*IEC# (*120*432#)


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