Most voters ever for 2019 elections

The voters’ roll role has been officially certified by the Independent Electoral Commission, (IEC) ahead of the national and provincial elections scheduled for May 8 2019.

In total, 26,756,898 million voters have registered.

The voters’ roll was first established in 1999 and since then, has shown a steady growth of about 47% each election cycle.

The 2019 voters’ roll marks the highest number of registered voters ever recorded.

According to the commission’s figures, the biggest age group of voters are those aged between 30 and 39 years old – 6,685,472 or 24.99% of the total voters’ roll.

Women, meanwhile, make up a large 55% of the voters’ roll, with 14,716,879 females registered to vote. This is 4% four percent above the demographic split of the country according to Statistics South Africa’s 2018 Midyear Population Estimates.

Provincially, the Eastern Cape has the third highest number of registered voters, with Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal coming in first and second respectively.

There are 3,363,161 registered voters in the Eastern Cape, who make up 12.57% of the total voters’ roll.

Of those three million voters in the Eastern Cape, 1,917,868 (57.03%) are female, while 1,445,293 (42.97%) are male.

On election day, registered voters must make sure to present either a green bar-coded ID book, a smart ID card, or a valid temporary ID certificate in order to vote.


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