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ANC statement following voter registration weekend

12 November 2008

The ANC welcomes and congratulate People of South Africa following the successful countrywide voter registration weekend.

According to official statistics 1.6 million new voters registered, of which:

800 322 were females (55.8%)
633 168 males (44.2%%)
838 649 Youth between 18 - 25 (58.5%)

We note the improvement in the number of youth registrations who represent a majority of the weekend registration activity at 77,9 percent. We also note with delight that more than 3,6 million South African`s had visited more than 19 000 registration stations to either register for the first time, re-register or to inspect their details.

The ANC commend the increase in the number of rural registrations. However we remain concerned about male registration which remained lower than their overall national demographics.

The ANC calls upon all people who never had time to register to vote to do so at IEC and municipality offices on weekdays. We also welcome the voter registration weekend in February next year as proposed by the IEC.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
Spokesperson
African National Congress

For enquiries contact:
Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550
Brian Sokutu 071 671 6919