To be able to vote, you must register as a voter. Once you've registered your details appear on the voters' roll, which contains over 20 million names.
A voters' roll helps with the planning of an election and to identify fraud as it gives an indication of how many voters to expect in each voting district.
The IEC has launched a campaign to update the roll. It is aimed at all registered voters; for those that it does not have an address, those whose addressed might be incomplete and those who may have moved and need to update their addresses.
How to check?
It's easy to check and/or update your details on the voters' roll – it's just a matter of CLICK, CHECK, CONFIRM on the IEC's online My IEC Portal. Log onto the site – www.elections.org.za – and follow the easy steps.
If you need assistance, the call centre is open weekdays from 8am – 5pm on 0800 11 8000.
South Africa will have its next General Elections in 2019 to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province. This is the democratic sixth elections since the end of the apartheid era in 1994, the second since the death of Nelson Mandela, and selection of the fifth president of South Africa.
South Africa has a parliamentary system of government; the National Assembly consists of 400 members elected by proportional representation with a closed list approach. Two hundred members are elected from national party lists; the other 200 are elected from provincial party lists in each of the nine provinces. The president is elected by the National Assembly after the election.
The provincial legislatures, which vary in size from 30 to 80 members, are also elected by proportional representation with closed lists. The premiers of each province will be chosen by the winning majority in each provincial legislature.
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) consists of 90 members, 10 elected by each provincial legislature. The NCOP members are elected by the provincial legislatures in proportion to the party makeup of the legislatures.