The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Wednesday, said it has significantly increased the number of South Africans with complete addresses recorded on the voters’ roll.

Newly appointed chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said progress has been made since last year’s debacle in which Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruled against the IEC, saying the way the voters’ roll had been compiled was unlawful due to failure to record all available voters’ addresses on the national common voters’ roll. He gave the electoral authority 18 months to fix the defects.

“We have come a long way since March 2016. We have managed to increase the proportion of complete addresses from 34 percent of registered voters to 73 percent of registered voters currently. So, 73 percent of persons on the voters roll have complete addresses. We have also managed to reduce the proportion of incomplete or generic addresses from 34 percent to 15 percent. We have also been able to reduce of the percentage of registered voters without any recorded address from 32 percent to 11 percent,” Mamabolo said at the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.

“In simple number terms, this means there are currently just under 26 million registered voters of whom about 19 million have addresses, about three million do not have an address, and about four million have an incomplete or a generic address. Much progress has been made but we remain highly conscious that a huge undertaking remains, in order to meet the requirements of the law within the time frame provided by the Constitutional Court.”

On Wednesday, the IEC launched an online address capture initiative which will allow South Africa’s 26 million registered voters to provide, update or confirm their addresses via the electoral commission’s website.

“MyIEC, which is the platform on the website, is secure, easy to use, and providing your address will only take a few minutes. To ensure the security and privacy of voters’ information, voters will first need to register on the website and provide a username and password before being able to check and update their address details – then if necessary provide or update their addresses.”

The voters’ roll has to be up-to-date by June 2018.

– African News Agency