IEC registration station. Photo Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency/ANA

Almost 3 million South Africans turned up for the voter registration weekend, making it one of the busiest in recent history, said the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Tuesday.

Of these, 490 520 were voters registering for the first time with just above 80% of them under the age of 30, and 54% women.

KwaZulu-Natal had the second highest number of new voters registering- 18.78%, which was less than Gauteng with 23.69% and more than Limpopo with 17.03%.

But despite the high number of new voter registrations over the past weekend, Gauteng has the lowest overall registration at 67.3% while 79 of eligible voters in KZN are registered.

With now registered, it brings the voters roll to 26 250 939 voters which is estimated to be about 75% of the eligible voting population based on Stats SA’s voting age population estimates.

There was also a spike in online activity with more than 50 000 registered voters using the website and our App to check and update their address details.

The Mercury