Like This Article: ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? YOUR X IS YOUR SAY!
“The young people of South Africa comprise an increasingly powerful and crucial segment of our economy, our culture, our democracy and our country. But until they register and vote they are unable exercise their right to participate in choosing the future of our country.”
With the general elections due to take place in May, voting stations are set to open on January 26 and 27 for those that need to register to vote. In order to vote in South Africa’s elections, you must register as a voter. You only register once, unless your voting district boundaries change.
Residents who need to register are those who have never voted before and are 16 years or older. However, those younger than 18 will only be able to vote once they are 18 years old.
To be eligible to register to vote you must:
be a South African citizen;
be at least 16 years old (you can only vote from age 18); and
and have a green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).
According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) despite representing over 50 percent of the population, South Africans aged under 30 years old have the lowest levels of voter registration.