Build-Up To 2019 Elections Takes Off With Voter Registration
The open voter registration weekend of 10-11 March 2018 and the run-up to the 2019 national elections, signalled the build-up to a street-by-street battle between political parties in wooing potential voters.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) provincial head Mr Bonolo Modise says his office will have a full picture by this week in relation to the actual turnout at the provinces 710 voting stations. “Once the verification has been done with Home Affairs we would know what the position is although we do not expect a huge increase. The process was quite successful and it is always exciting to enlist new voters. We only had one incident of the theft of a tent at Lorato Park in Kimberley, which we managed to replace but must thank political parties for their cooperation and communities for the support.”
The ANC fielded its National Executive Committee (NEC) deployees to the province in a rejuvenated ANC Youth League President Collen Maine and Noxolo Kiviet who canvassed unregistered voters in the John Taolo Gaetsewe and Pixley ka Seme districts respectively.
Whilst the pretenders to the throne and leading opposition, the Democratic Alliance showed a lazy presence outside of voting stations in the ANC stronghold of Galeshewe in Kimberley. DA’s provincial leader Mr Andrew Louw indicated that their representatives were in plain clothes inside of voting stations all over Galeshewe.
“We are enthusiastic about the next voter registration weekend, which is scheduled for November, because we know we will register even more new voters who are eager to vote for total change,” asserted Mr Louw in a statement.
The tactical and street-wise Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had its provincial leader Mr Aubrey Baartman overseeing operations in the Namaqua and ZF Mgcawu districts over the weekend.