Gauteng Province Leads in Voter Registration for South Africa's 2024 Elections

Gauteng, South Africa's most populous province, has 6.5 million registered voters for the 2024 elections. The IEC is well-prepared, with 8,619 officers and 22,832 support staff to ensure a free and fair process.

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Gauteng Province Leads in Voter Registration for South Africa's 2024 Elections

Gauteng Province Leads in Voter Registration for South Africa's 2024 Elections

Gauteng province in South Africa has the highest number of registered voters for the upcoming 2024 elections, with 6.5 million voters accounting for 24% of the national voters' roll. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Gauteng says it is well-prepared for the elections, with preparations at an advanced stage.

The IEC has recruited and trained 8,619 presiding officers, deputies, and voters' roll officers, as well as 22,832 additional support staff, to serve at the 2,797 voting stations across the province. The commission has also employed 207 democracy education facilitators to provide voter and balloting education to the public.

The process of printing ballots has already begun, and Gauteng is expected to have 2,000 voting stations operational by next month. The country has never experienced such a high level of voter registration since the establishment of the voters' roll in 1999.

Political parties and five independent candidates contesting the elections in Gauteng have signed the Electoral Code of Conduct, agreeing to ensure free and fair elections. This includes refraining from carrying weapons, bribing voters, and using language that would incite violence. Failure to uphold these principles could result in the party or independent candidates having their votes nullified or their registration suspended.

Why this matters: The high voter registration in Gauteng, South Africa's most populous province, underscores the significance of the upcoming elections. The commitment to a free and fair electoral process by all participants is critical for the stability and democratic integrity of the nation.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has also affirmed its readiness to maintain order and ensure safety during the elections. A total of 17,000 police officers will be deployed to the 2,797 voting stations, with 168 categorized as high-risk, 377 as medium-risk, and 2,252 expected to provide smooth services. "The delivery of electoral materials to the provincial warehouse is already underway," stated an IEC spokesperson, emphasizing the commission's preparedness for the upcoming elections.

Key Takeaways

  • Gauteng has 6.5M registered voters, 24% of national roll
  • IEC has recruited 8,619 officers and 22,832 support staff
  • 2,000 voting stations to be operational in Gauteng by next month
  • Political parties and independents signed Electoral Code of Conduct
  • 17,000 police officers to be deployed, 168 high-risk stations