Registered voters down by about 100k, but more independent candidates contesting
PRETORIA – One hundred thousand fewer people have registered to vote in Monday's local government elections than in 2016, but there will be a record number of candidates contesting.
The figures were announced at the launch of the National Results Operation Centre in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon.
Chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said 26.2 million people had registered to vote in these elections, whereas 26.3 million were registered to vote in the 2016 local government elections.
Mamabolo said voters must ensure that they voted where they were registered: “There is a geographical element to the electoral contest. It is also as a control measure against those who want to engage in electoral malfeasance. We would like to encourage every registered voter to remain within their voting districts to access the voting opportunity we are providing.”
There will be a record total of 95,427 candidates taking part in Monday's elections, compared to only about 60,000 candidates five years ago.
The number of independent candidates has almost doubled, from 855 in 2016 to 1,546 this year - an increase of 42%.
Mamabolo said this meant that the elections were "highly contested" this year.
The City of Johannesburg is the most contested municipality in the country with 56 parties on the ballot paper.
This article first appeared on EWN : Registered voters down by about 100k, but more independent candidates contesting