The Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) is embarking on a registration drive this weekend.
IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says it has 2.8 million South Africans on the voters roll for which the IEC does not have residential addresses.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Mamabolo says this drive is an opportunity for voters to register and verify their addresses.
Mamabolo says is it important to maintain a voters' roll because it is an instrument to check whether the people participating in the elections are in fact qualified to vote.
It allows for electoral planning and the provision of logistical materials. Its an instrument political parties use to campaign and it eliminates electoral fraud.— Sy Mamabolo, IEC Chief Electoral Officer
Mamabolo says everyone has a right to vote and those who don't have conventional addresses can use description to register their addresses.
We need to georeference an address or a point of residence and link it to each individual person who is on the voters' roll. So the linkage is the most challenging aspect of that process.— Sy Mamabolo, IEC Chief Electoral Officer
Listen to what technology the IEC is considering to locate people without conventional addresses.