26 756 898 million voters are eligible to cast their votes in the 8 May national and provincial elections following the certification of the voters’ roll.

    The voters’ roll was certified and published on the Electoral Commission website earlier this week following the publication of the provisional voters’ roll for scrutiny and objection.

    Digital copies of the voters’ roll are also being provided to all political parties which will contest the elections.

    Since its inception ahead of the 1999 national and provincial elections, the voters’ roll has shown steady growth of over 47 percent and contains the highest number of registered voters to date, recording an increase of 1 366 748 voters since 2014.

    National and Provincial Elections Registered voters
    1999 18.17 million
    2004 20.67 million
    2009 23.18 million
    2014 25.39 million
    2019 26.74 million

    Of the 26.74 million registered voters, 14 716 879 are women (55 percent) which is four percent above of the demographic split of the South African population according to Statistics South Africa (based on 2018 Midyear Population Estimates).

    The provinces with the highest number of registered voters are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape:

    Province Female % of Prov Total Male % of Prov Total Prov Total % of Total
    Eastern Cape 1,917,868 57.03% 1,445,293 42.97% 3,363,161 12.57%
    Free State 806,553 55.15% 655,984 44.85% 1,462,537 5.47%
    Gauteng 3,307,395 51.83% 3,073,904 48.17% 6,381,299 23.85%
    KwaZulu-Natal 3,115,942 56.40% 2,408,726 43.60% 5,524,668 20.65%
    Limpopo 1,548,810 59.38% 1,059,663 40.62% 2,608,473 9.75%
    Mpumalanga 1,066,424 54.64% 885,373 45.36% 1,951,797 7.29%
    North West 896,851 52.67% 805,879 47.33% 1,702,730 6.36%
    Northern Cape 336,084 53.65% 290,408 46.35% 626,492 2.34%
    Western Cape 1,717,286 54.89% 1,411,363 45.11% 3,128,649 11.69%
    Out of Country 3,666 51.69% 3,426 48.31% 7,092 0.03%
    Total 14,716,879 55.00% 12,040,019 45.00% 26,756,898

    In terms of age, the biggest category of voters are those aged 30 – 39 years old (6 685 472) which represents 24.99 percent of the roll.

    Only those voters whose names appear on the certified voters’ roll are eligible to vote in the 8 May elections. Voters must take their ID document (either a green bar-coded ID, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate) with them when they go to vote at their voting station.


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