Potential voters still have time to register for the 2019 national and provincial elections. The final voter registration weekend is 26 and 27 January 2019. Voting stations will be open from 08:00 to 17:00 on both days to allow first-time voters to register, and registered voters to check and update their registration details.
All South African citizens aged 16 and older in possession of an official identity document can register as voters (although only those who are at least 18 years old on voting day may vote).
Voters should take their bar-coded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificate when they go to register in the voting district in which they ordinarily reside.
When registering, voters must provide their address or a description of where they live to allow the Electoral Commission to place them on the correct segment of the voters' roll. However, documentation or proof of address is not required.
Registered voters can visit the Electoral Commission website (www.elections.org.za) to check their current registration details and voting station location. They can also SMS their ID number to 32810 to receive an SMS containing the address of their voting station (charged at R1).
An online facility (www.elections.org.za/MyIEC) is also available for registered voters with access to the internet to update and review their address online.
Unregistered voters can insert their address in the Voting Station Finder application on the website (http://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/) to find their correct voting station or call the Contact Centre.