Did you check to see if you are registered to vote?

Registration for voting in the 2019 provincial and national elections was carried out over the weekend (March 10 and 11). It was fairly easy to either register to vote or to check if you were already registered.

All you had to bring was your ID document.

If not registered, you were required to fill in a form with all the necessary details. With your form in hand, you would move on to the next official, who would then register you in the system and print a sticker to stick onto your ID as proof of registration.

If you were already registered, you had to show your ID and the official would confirm that you were registered.

Mike Suddaby of the Democratic Alliance (DA) commented that: “It was altogether a very quiet registration at the various locations I covered, which were Limit Hill, Hospital Park, Egerton and the Town Hall. It could be that because individuals can now register or check if they are registered online, many decided not to go to the registration stations.”

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor Abbas Warasally said: “The IFP are happy with the turnout of people in the area we were in.”

He further stated that: “There will be more registering sessions in the future and I urge all eligible voters to register. If individuals are having a hard time registering, they may form groups at a venue and contact the IFP and we will contact the IEC to get those voters registered.

Also read :Register to vote for the 2019 elections All voting stations in Ladysmith will be opened from 8am till 5pm.

If any disabled individuals are having a hard time registering, they may also contact us and we will contact the IEC and help in any way possible.”

Registering to vote can be done online or at a designated location, so voters should register at the next session and exercise this basic and important right in the 2019 elections.

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Michaela Steele

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