Telkom announced today that it has zero-rated access to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) website for mobile users on its network to enable increased voter registration and verification.
This will enable Telkom mobile customers free access to this important platform even if they have run out of data or airtime.
"Telkom remains committed to supporting democracy in South Africa. To this end, free access to digital platforms such as the IEC website is vital to enhancing the electoral process," said Telkom's Group Executive for Communication and Public Relations, Nomalungelo Faku.
As voter registration takes place on 10 and 11 March from 08:00 to 17:00, those on the Telkom network can avoid queuing at these stations by registering on the IEC website.
The website allows voters to verify and update the addresses and outlines the process for registration and re-registration as well as information on the location of the different voter registration locations across the country.
To date the IEC has confirmed a 90% success rate of South African’s verifying their addresses on the website. In addition, 28% of new addresses were added to the voters’ roll via the website.
The IEC has the important task of empowering South African’s to exercise their democratic rights. “We hope that this small contribution will assist South Africans in ensuring that they are registered for the next national elections," concluded Faku.
Data to this website will continue to be free of charge to Telkom Mobile users until April 2018.
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