The registration weekend ahead of the 2019 National and Provincial election took place throughout the country on 26 and 27 January 2019, including in Vuwani and the entire Vhembe District in the Limpopo Province. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has reported a good turnout of potential voters in all the voting stations to register and confirm their addresses.
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize noted the developments in Vuwani during the registration weekend. “We are encouraged by the turnout of the citizens who came out in their numbers registering to vote and checking their addresses and we commend all those who visited registration stations as their commitment will lead to a better future for South Africa and strengthen our democracy,” said Minister Mkhize.
The IEC indicated that many of the 22 935 registration stations were opened and were able to afford potential voters to register and check their details on the voters roll. In Vuwani, all 32 voting stations opened and were operational for the duration of the registration weekend. No incidence of intimidation or attacks were reported and Minister commended leadership for prioritizing voter registration.
This good turnout follows the meeting that Minister Mkhize held at the Vuwani Fire Station on 24 January 2019. This meeting was attended by MEC Ndou, Mayors of Vhembe and Collins Chabane Municipalities, Traditional leaders and the Pro-Makhado Demarcation Task Team ( PMDTT). At that meeting, the stakeholders agreed that political processes like registering to vote and the actual voting will be allowed to proceed without hindrances.
Minister Mkhize urged all stakeholders to continue working together to ensure that a lasting solution is found to address the demarcation challenges in Vuwani and surrounding areas. To this effect, all parties undertook to meet regularly to process various matters to find lasting solution in that area. Minister promised to consult the IMC on Vuwani with regards to the new request made by the PMDTT.
“As government we are committed to ensuring that communities in Vuwani and surrounding areas are able to get an opportunity to have their issues addressed”, said Minister Mkhize.
Minister commended the leadership of various structures in Vuwani and the communities who came out in numbers to register and the peaceful registration weekend. Minister also commended the IEC for the professionalism in which it continues to discharge its mandate.
“After the election registration weekend, there is still an opportunity for potential voters who have not yet registered to vote to do so at all IEC offices daily until the elections is declared”, said Minister Mkhize.
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