Voters’ roll certified with 26.3 million registered voters: IEC

CAPE TOWN, June 2 (ANA) – Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya has certified the voters’ roll which contains the names of 26.3 million South Africans eligible to cast their ballots in the municipal elections on August 3, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Thursday.

According to a statement by the IEC, 2.6 million more South Africans have registered to vote in the upcoming local government polls, representing an 11.3 percent increase from 2011.

“In line with population trends and previous elections, approximately 55 percent of the voters (14.47 million) are women compared to 45 percent men (11.87 million),” the statement said.

“Gauteng has the highest number of voters with 6.2 million certified voters followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 5.4 million, the Eastern Cape with 3.3 million and the Western Cape with 3 million. Approximately 69 percent of all voters are located in these four provinces.”

Limpopo has 2.5 million registered voters, followed by Mpumalanga with 1.9 million, the North West with 1.7 million, the Free State with 1.4 million, and the Northern Cape, the country’s biggest province, with only 621,310.

“A comparison of the voters’ rolls over the past four municipal elections shows that the highest growth in voters has occurred in the Western Cape (a 56.8 percent increase since 2000) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (a 54.6 percent increase). The lowest growth has occurred in the Free State where the voters’ roll has grown just 20 percent in the past 16 years.”

The voters’ roll will be published at IEC offices across the country from Friday for inspection.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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