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How to access voter registration online

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As voter registration gets underway in earnest ahead of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections, the Independent Electoral Commission has made it easier than ever to register to vote using their website.

 

The IEC says it exceeded it’s target this past weekend, by registering over 1 million people on Saturday alone.

 

Voters can use the portal to register to vote, view or update their current voter address, find their voting station, request a special vote, or simply browse for important information such as upcoming election dates in their ward.

 

You can register to vote by following these easy steps:

 

  • Get your SA ID card/book ready and go to the link registertovote.elections.org.za.
  • Enter your personal information: ID number, name and surname, and mobile number.
  • A one-time pin (OTP) will be sent to your cellphone number. Insert the pin and click on “confirm pin”.
  • Capture your home address. You can type your address and select from the list or enter your address and click the search button.
  • Review and acknowledge your information in the voter registration summary. This page will also tell you your ward and voting district.
  • Tick the declaration box and then click on ID verification.
  • Take a photo or upload a scan of your SA ID and click on continue.
  • Your voter registration application has been submitted successfully. The IEC will verify the application and will notify you once it has been processed. You will receive an sms notification.

 

To submit an application to register to vote, you must meet the following requirements:

 

  1. Be a South Africa citizen;
  2. Be at least 16 years (you can only vote from age 18).

 

The IEC says since the launch of the online registration portal in July 2021, a total of 1,1 million registration transactions have been recorded.

 

The portal has experienced a hive of activity this year with 52% of all transactions being recorded in the eleven months of the year. New registrations amount to 40.6% of total online registration activity.

 

Women are the majority users of the online portal at 56%. Young persons under the age of 29 indicate a strong usage level at 49.6%.

 

Voter registration will remain open until such time that the President proclaims the election date.

 

The election is expected to take place earliest mid-May 2024, and at the latest, mid-August 2024.

 

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