Here's why you need to update your address on the IEC voters' roll this weekend

All registered voters need to check and confirm their address details at the correct voting station this weekend.

Voting stations across the country will be open 10 and 11 March for voters to update their details and for new registrations.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) says voting stations will be open from 8am until 5pm nationwide.

Why do you have to update your address?

Provincial IEC electoral head Rev Courtney Sampson explains that the South Africa's voters' roll is more than 20 years old and needs to be updated.

In 2016, The Constitutional Court gave the IEC 18 months to fix the defects on the voters' roll and time is running out.

The ConCourt argued that the IEC was compelled to provide addresses for every eligible voter on the voters roll.

Read: WC IEC head urges residents to update addresses on voters' roll this weekend

The IEC has to verify the particulars and addresses of 7.2-million people on the voters roll ahead of the 2019 general election.

The IEC will have to ensure that the voters' roll meets the standards prescribed by the ConCourt in order to guarantee the credibility of the 2019 polls.

Rev Sampson explored the challenges and developments in gathering updated voter information.

It's time for an update. We needed this wake-up call from the ConCourt.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial IEC electoral head

The ConCourt lambasted the IEC for not having addresses on the voters' roll.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial IEC electoral head

The ConCourt wanted to be able to locate every voter on the voters' roll in a particular voting district.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial IEC electoral head

Take a listen to Provincial IEC electoral head Rev Courtney Sampson explain:

For more information, you can visit the IEC website or call on 0800 11 8000.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Here's why you need to update your address on the IEC voters' roll this weekend


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