Jan 24, 2019The Electoral Commission will be holding a final registration weekend on 26 & 27 January 2019 in preparation for the 2019 National & Provincial Elections to be held between May and August.”The date of the Election will be announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa,” said Kayakazi Magudumana, Eastern Cape Provincial Electoral Officer.”Within the Eastern Cape Province there will be 4 791 registration stations open, this is an increase of 92 from 4 699 in the Local Government Elections 2016. Registration stations will be operational from 08h00 to 17h00 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.”There are currently in excess of 3.2 million registered voters in the Province.”Last chance to register for 2019 National and Provincial ElectionsShe said that the Electoral Commission is urging citizens to register if they have not yet done so, and emphasis is being put particularly on urging the youth to make use of this opportunity that is being afforded to them to go and register in order to participate in the upcoming elections.”Training for registration staff has been completed with 4791 Registration Supervisors, 9582 Registration Officers and 774 Area Managers being adequately prepared to manage the voting stations,” Magudumana added.”In addition to these officials, a total of 100 South African Police Service officers have been trained to be Registration Officers should any eventuality arise in areas that may require their assistance.”It is envisaged, that with their assistance, citizens in the affected areas would still be able to exercise their democratic right of registering in order to participate in the National and Provincial Elections 2019.”Training has, amongst other things, emphasised to the IEC staff on professionalism; conduct of impartiality and to manage the registration process guided ONLY by the prescribed legislation.”She said that training has been given to political parties in order to train their Party Agents on the registration processes.”There are two municipalities that have mobile voting stations i.e. Ward 1 in Dr Beyers Naude Municipality and Ward 3 in Sakhisizwe Municipality.”Registration took place at 48 correctional facilities throughout the province on 22 and 23 January between 08h00 and 17h00,” Magudumana described.”Various methods have been embarked upon in order to reach out to communities as best as possible; including having 244 Democracy Education Facilitators (DEFs) and an expansion staff capacity of 46 Municipal Outreach Coordinators (MOCs) at municipal level that have been trained to conduct civic and democracy education and create awareness on the registration weekend across the province by utilising available platforms at ward and municipal levels to educate and inform civil society of the electoral processes.”The meetings are held on an ongoing basis leading up to the elections.”Meetings have also been held with representatives of media houses within the province in order to establish amicable relationships to ease the flow of updates on the current status of events.”She said that logistical arrangements are in place in preparation for the Final Registration Weekend and the South African Police Services members are on standby for deployments to maintain law and order in areas where there are threats to IEC officials.”According to the Constitutional Court ruling, for future elections it is a necessity for the voters roll to contain the addresses of the electorate,” Magudumana said.”The Electoral Commission are therefore urging people to ensure that their addresses are on the voters roll by visiting our voting stations this weekend to either check on your status or to register. The call is made particularly to the young people of our province.”How to register for the 2019 National and Provincial ElectionsIn order to register, you will need to be:A South African citizenIn possession of a green bar coded ID or a Smart card or a valid temporary identification certificateMust be 16 Years or older (although you may only vote at the age of 18 years or older)Note that no proof of residence is required in order to register.To check your details you can:SMS your ID number 32810 (cost R1 per sms) to receive notification of registration details including the voting station you are currently registered in.Call 0800 11 8000 (07h00 to 21h00 week days)Dial “120”432# and follow the promptsVisit the website www.elections.org.zaHow do I find my correct voting station?You can visit http://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/ and locate your correct voting station using the Electoral Commission’s Voting Station Finder App.Follow the Electoral Commission on social media (@IECSouthAfrica on Twitter and Facebook).Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.