Municipal Elections 2016. Voters who have 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.
Municipal Elections 2016 – Registrations:
- All Voting Stations will open from 8am to 5pm over the weekend of 5 to 6 March 2016.
- This is for NEW voters to register, and for EXISTING voters to update and check their registration details ahead of this year’s Municipal Elections.
- The date for the election itself will only be known later this year when it is proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) the Honourable Mr David van Rooyen, which will start the official election timetable.
- 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.
- The Electoral Commission reminds all voters that it is a criminal offence to knowingly register in a voting district in which the voter is not ordinarily resident.
When Municipal Elections Is Taking Place:
The municipal elections must take place between 18 May and 16 August 2016, in terms of the Constitution. The 90 day window provided at the conclusion of five year term of office of municipal councillors elected in 2011 and in any subsequent by-elections. For now the Electoral Commission is urging all participants including eligible voters, political parties and their candidates as well as any independent candidates to ensure they are ready to participate in the elections.
Finding your 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 reside. Unlike national and provincial elections, voting in a municipal election is only allowed at the voting district in which you are registered to vote.
1. Call the Electoral Commission Contact Centre on 0800 11 8000 between 7am and 9pm weekdays. For the first time the Contact Centre agents will also be available (from Monday 18 January 2016) to assist voters via webchat (www.elections.org.za) Twitter (@IECSouthAfrica), Facebook (IECSouthAfrica) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Use the voting station finder app on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za
3. Dial *120*IEC# (*120*432#)
To encourage and assist as many voters in participating in the elections, the Electoral Commission has launched a widespread communications and education campaign which tells voters that the future of their community, ward and municipality is “in their hands”.
The campaign includes adverts across television, radio, print, outdoor and digital channels. A key focus of the campaign is encouraging first-time voters to register and participate. The Electoral Commission statistics for registration show that voter registration currently stands at 24.98 million against a voting age population currently estimated at about 34.1 million by Statistics South Africa.
Of the approximately 9.1 million eligible voters who are not currently registered, more than 80% are under 35 years old.
Impact of Constitutional Court ruling on Registration Process:
The Electoral Commission confirmed that registration officials must satisfy themselves of the precise location of ordinary residence of an applicant within a voting district to ensure they are registered in the correct voting district.
Voters do not need to provide proof of address when registering – but must provide sufficient details of their address to show that they are in the correct voting district.
Where no address is available, registering voters will be required to sign an affirmation confirming their exact location of residence in the correct voting district.
The affirmation highlights that it is a criminal offence to knowingly register in the incorrect voting district.
The Commission confirmed that following the registration weekend addresses of voters will now be captured before the certification of the voters roll.