Elections are less than two weeks away and there is something important you, as a registered voter, have to do during this time: check where you have to vote.
This is necessary because there are a few voting stations that have changed location.
Courtney Sampson, Provincial Electoral Officer at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) explains why it's sometimes necessary to make changes.
We try our best to make sure that people vote in the same location every time - it's one of the principles we try to work on.— Courtney Sampson, Provincial Electoral Officer- IEC
It's only under exceptional circumstances that we change a voting station. We don't want to do it, but if there is no other alternative we have to do it sometimes.— Courtney Sampson, Provincial Electoral Officer- IEC
Sampson says this is for instance when a registration station is available on registration weekend, but not available when it comes to election day.
The IEC meets regularly with political parties to update them about election arrangements and this is one way of getting the word out.
Electoral project coordinators are also tasked with informing the public about any changes in venue.
But it is up to you as the voter, to make quite sure of where your voting station is.
How to check:
Sampson says the easiest way to check is to use the sms service:
Send your ID number to 32810 and you will get a reply stating where you are registered to vote. (R1 per SMS)
You can also use the election app or call 0800 118000.
The information is also available on the website, www.elections.org.za/IECOnline/Home.
For more from Sampson, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Have you checked the location of your voting station?