[LISTEN] IEC pleads for more time to update voters' roll

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) says it wants to make sure that every citizen on the voters roll is able to vote in the national elections next year.

The commission appeared in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday in an attempt to secure another extension to the deadline to collect and verify addresses of all voters.

The court had ordered the IEC to update its voters' roll by June. The deadline was then extended to November, but the commission says they need another seven months.

Vice Chairperson of the IEC, Terry Tselane says there are 900 000 people for whom they do not have addresses.

We feel it is important that each and every person who is on the voters' roll is able to participate in the electoral process.

Terry Tselane, Vice Chairperson of the IEC

One of the areas where we are able to procure addresses is through a general registration process, the reason we are now approaching the court and saying give us an extension is because we realised there is a great possibility that the general registration we are going to have next year February will most probably also yield great results for us.

Terry Tselane, Vice Chairperson of the IEC

Meanwhile Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Legal advisor Lawrence de Klerk suggests the matter can be dealt with more appropriately.

It is incumbent on the electoral commission to receive an address when they register voters, so there is a historical sin by the IEC in the past to not comply. We are sitting with the problem because of the IEC's failure to comply.

Lawrence de Klerk, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Legal advisor

We gave a practical way to solve it. When such a person arrives at the voting station, his name will be on the voters roll but there will not be an address. That person must then fill in the applicable documentation to give the address and then they should be allowed to vote. That will assist the IEC to update the voters roll to a level where they comply.

Lawrence de Klerk, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Legal advisor

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