11 November 2013

South Africa: Elections - Register, Register, but Don't Mind the Media


The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) drive to register voters for the 2014 election drew well over one million people this weekend. Political parties descended on communities - and your inbox if you were lucky enough to get an SMS from Helen Zille - and the media got a tongue-lashing from the ANC and police. GREG NICOLSON gives you the wrap-up.

The IEC had strong hopes for the registration of voters for the 2014 elections. Its website got 270,000 hits on Friday and its Facebook page has become the third fastest growing account in SA. "The Electoral Commission hopes that this awareness and interest translates into a high turnout at voter registration stations this weekend - especially by the youth. As at 31 October 2013, there were 23,139,142 people registered to vote, representing 73.6% of the voting age population according to latest census figures," it said. The goal is to get that figure to 80%.

The state beefed up security ahead of the registrations after some protesting communities vowed to disrupt the process. On Friday, President Jacob Zuma informed Parliament that 75 South African Defence Force members would be deployed to help police over the weekend and on the weekend of...

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