IEC goes online, no more queuing


An IEC tent near Kapok informal settlement.

JOHANNESBURG – The independent electoral commission (IEC) has launched an online campaign to capture and update voters' addresses.

This will help the country’s 26-million registered voters to go online to confirm and update their details.

There are about three million registered voters whose profiles don't have an accompanying home address.

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“We’ve been able to increase the number of persons for who we have an address from 34 to 73 percent which is 19 million people. We've. We able to reduce the number of people with no address at all from 8 million to 3 million, ” said IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo.

The improvements are as a result of the voter registration drive in the lead up to the 2016 local government elections.

The IEC also believes digital registrations will come in handy.

“We acknowledge that not all SA have access to all technology as a result the commission is contemplating a registration weekend perhaps in the first quarter of 2017 to complement this online address harvesting effort but opening voting stations,” said Mamabolo.

The Constitutional Court last year ordered the IEC to confirm all voters address by 2018.  It also ordered the electoral commission to ensure that all votes are cast in the correct districts. 

The ruling, however, did not apply to last years municipal elections. 

The IEC will open stations next year in order to accommodate those who can't access the internet.