“Participation by all adult citizens in elections is a key cornerstone of our democracy. It is important for all adult South Africans visit their voting station to register if they have not yet done so, to re-register if they have moved homes since their last registration and to ensure their names reflect on their voting station’s voters’ roll,” says the Congress of South African Trade Unions in a statement.
The country’s largest federation of trade unions says one single vote can bring the change South Africans need.
“Many persons frustrated with our various challenges as a society, may question the importance of voting. It’s important to appreciate that every single vote counts. Elections in many municipal wards in South Africa have been decided by a single vote. We’ve seen similar experiences internationally,” it adds.
The Independent Electoral Commission will be hosting its second leg of the voter registration for this year’s general elections.
On Friday, home affairs branches will close at 18h00 instead of 16h00.
On Saturday and Sunday, offices will open from 08h00 to 17h00 for citizens to collect their IDs, temporary IDs and new applications.
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza