By Sabelo Majola | 2018-06-01
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is targeting at least 500 000 Emaswati to turn out for registration.
The current number of registered Emaswati as of yesterday stood at 278 888, more than half the targeted number and EBC Chairman Chief Gija is hopeful that they will reach the target. Gija said according to the last census conducted in the country, the numbers showed that 600 000 Emaswati are eligible to vote.
“It could be a miracle to have all eligible Emaswati turning out for registering but we are expecting the number to reach 80 per cent. The percentage in 2013 was slightly over 70 per cent of those that were eligible and the target is 80 per cent this year,” he said.
Gija made an example on the high population of South Africa which is over 50 000 000, citing that about 20 000 000 turn out for registration, hence they were not expecting all 600 000 Emaswati to register.
Gija said women were still leading in terms of figures of registered people as they were at 63 per cent of the 278 885 as of yesterday.
This means that the figures are short of 221 115 Emaswati to meet the EBC target.
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