Registering on the Voters' Roll | Western Cape Government

Registering on the Voters' Roll


Before you can vote in a National or Municipal elections, you need to be registered on the voter's roll.

The Roll contains the details of individual voters and is an important planning tool. For example, it allows the IEC to know how many people are likely to vote in each area  so that they can ensure that there are sufficient voting stations.

The voters' roll is also an important way of preventing electoral fraud.


You can only register in the area where you're usually resident - that's where you live, or the place that you return to after a time away.

To register, you need to:

  • Be over 16. Although you can register when you turn 16, you'll only be able to vote when you turn 18.
  • Must apply in person.
  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Have and show a valid bar-coded identity document (ID), smartcard ID or valid temporary identity certificate (TIC).

You can register at the local IEC office, during office hours.


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The content on this page was last updated on 16 September 2019