Nearly 4 million Eastern Cape residents on approved voter’s roll

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Nearly 4 million Eastern Cape residents on approved voter’s roll

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Mar 22, 2019PORT ELIZABETH – Nearly 3.4 million eligible voters in the Eastern Cape – most of them women, are expected to vote in the upcoming 2019 National and Provincial Elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Friday.The Eastern Cape actually has the third highest number of registered voters after Gauteng and the KwaZulu Natal provinces.The IEC said that 26 756 898 million voters are eligible to cast their votes in the 8 May national and provincial elections countrywide following the certification of the voters’ roll.”The voters’ roll was certified and published on the Electoral Commission website earlier this week following the publication of the provisional voters’ roll for scrutiny and objection,” described IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela.”Digital copies of the voters’ roll are also being provided to all political parties which will contest the elections.”Since its inception ahead of the 1999 national and provincial elections, the voters’ roll has shown steady growth of over 47 percent and contains the highest number of registered voters to date, recording an increase of 1 366 748 voters since 2014.”More voters expected in the May electionsNational and Provincial ElectionsRegistered voters199918.17 million200420.67 million200923.18  million201425.39 million201926.74 millionBapela said that of the 26.74 million registered voters, 14 716 879 are women (55 percent) which is four percent above of the demographic split of the South African population according to Statistics South Africa (based on 2018 Midyear Population Estimates).She said that the provinces with the highest number of registered voters are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape:ProvinceFemale% of Prov TotalMale% of Prov TotalProv Total% of TotalEastern Cape          1,917,86857.03%           1,445,29342.97%           3,363,16112.57%Free State             806,55355.15%               655,98444.85%           1,462,5375.47%Gauteng          3,307,39551.83%           3,073,90448.17%           6,381,29923.85%KwaZulu-Natal          3,115,94256.40%           2,408,72643.60%           5,524,66820.65%Limpopo          1,548,81059.38%           1,059,66340.62%           2,608,4739.75%Mpumalanga          1,066,42454.64%               885,37345.36%           1,951,7977.29%North West             896,85152.67%               805,87947.33%           1,702,7306.36%Northern Cape             336,08453.65%               290,40846.35%              626,4922.34%Western Cape          1,717,28654.89%           1,411,36345.11%           3,128,64911.69%Out of Country                  3,66651.69%                   3,42648.31%                   7,0920.03%Total       14,716,87955.00%         12,040,01945.00%         26,756,898″In terms of age, the biggest category of voters are those aged 30 – 39 years old (6 685 472) which represents 24.99 percent of the roll,” Bapela said.”Only those voters whose names appear on the certified voters’ roll are eligible to vote in the 8 May elections. Voters must take their ID document (either a green bar-coded ID, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate) with them when they go to vote at their voting station.”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.

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