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EBC announces extension of registration process to June 30

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NKHANINI – The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has announced a week’s grace period for the elections registration process, courtesy of His Majesty the King.


The registration process officially ended yesterday but has been extended to June 30, which is next week Sunday.


Making the announcement yesterday was EBC Chairman Chief Gija at the Commission’s headquarters at Nkhanini.


Extension


Chief Gija said: “We have been sent by the King to announce the extension of the registration process. His Majesty has been requested by Swazis working in outside embassies to be given some time so that they can participate in the national general elections.”


He said some companies also requested the King for more time to register for the ongoing national general elections. He said His Majesty saw it fit to grant the extension following the request.
The EBC Chairman requested Swazis to make use of the remaining period to register.
Echoing the words of the EBC Chairman was Deputy Mzwandile Fakudze, who noted that the turn-out of late was overwhelming.


Fakudze said more people were flocking to the various registration centres at the closing dates, adding that it would be unfortunate to stop the process now when more people were registering.


Registered


Answering questions from journalists, Chief Gija said government employees working in the security forces were not yet fully registered since they were at work.
“Only those who are not at work have registered for now,” he said.


The EBC Chairman said Swazis working in Taiwan, Geneva and South African embassies brought their registration data about four days ago. He said they were about to enter that data into the system.


On another note, Chief Gija reiterated that it would be a miracle for the targeted 600 000 people to register.
“The statistics were given to us as the voting population,” he said.

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