IEC misses 24m target

THE number of people on the voters roll stands at 23,6 million, with final verification expected to take place in the next few days, says Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairwoman Brigalia Bam.

The IEC had wanted 24 million people on the roll for the upcoming local government elections, but Bam was satisfied with a 1,9 percent increase in the number of voters compared to other years.

“Over the two registration weekends a total of 2,731,967 persons registered or re-registered as voters, apart from numerous others who verified their details on the voters roll,” she said.

“There’s been a steady increase with regards to municipal elections. The number increased by 1,82 percent during the 2006 elections and 1,6 percent for the 2000/2002 local government elections.”

Bam said the final number of people on the voters roll for the municipal elections would be announced once it had been certified.

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