Bloemfontein – The Free State Legislature (FSL) will this weekend join a host of government departments, political parties and civic groups in a series of activities meant to encourage eligible voters to register for the 2019 general elections.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will be conducting the final phase of voter registration over the weekend (26 – 27 January) and the FSL will be visiting Koffiefontein in Xhariep district to motivate residents to come out and participate in the exercise.
Speaker for the Free State Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe, will be working together with the Department of Home Affairs to distribute uncollected identity documents to the people of Xhariep District and Koffiefontein in particular over the next two days.
“No South African with a valid ID should miss the opportunity to vote,” Qabathe said.
South Africa will go to the polls in May to choose political leadership that will be tasked with leading the country for the next five years.
“2019 is a year of elections in South Africa and our country’s capacity to demonstrate peaceful elections and deepen democracy is once again on a test,” she added.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, has revealed that progress is being made in ensuring that citizens collect their ID documents which had been lying idle at Home Affairs offices.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, in the first four days of this week, the number of uncollected IDs in Gauteng alone was reduced 55 000 from 90 000.
“It is clear that we indeed grow South Africa when we work together. The response from citizens and all stakeholders has been tremendous. I am happy that so many people came to our offices to collect their Ids,” Minister Cwele said.