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IEC needs R180m to update voter addresses

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has asked National Treasury for R180-million to ensure it meets the June 2018 deadline for ensuring that it has the addresses of all registered voters.

Newly appointed chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said the commission's discussions with Treasury had been very positive despite the difficulties faced by the fiscus.

"They have committed to avail R180-million in the next financial year for the address harvesting initiative," he said.

Yesterday, the IEC launched the nationwide address harvesting campaign to ensure that the country's 26million registered voters update or confirm their addresses through the commission's website.

Mamabolo promised that the "My IEC" online platform was as secure as banking and shopping websites.

Since the Constitutional Court gave the IEC until June 2018 to fix the voters' roll, Mamabolo said the commission managed to increase the proportion of complete addresses from 34% of registered voters to 73% currently.

The proportion of incomplete or generic addresses was reduced from 34% to 15% while the proportion of registered voters without any recorded address decreased from 32% to about 11%, according to Mamabolo.

The IEC has to capture addresses of about seven million registered voters who either do not have addresses or supplied incomplete or generic addresses in the next nine months.


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