REGISTRATION

How do I register?

›Visit the stipulated registration centre’s your Umphakatsi/ Inkhundla to register.

›You will be issued a voter card to use in all the electoral activities.

›You are required to register only once.

Disqualification for registration

›If certified insane or adjudged to be of unsound mind.

›If you are under sentence of death or life imprisonment.

›If you are disqualified by law, related to offences connected with elections.

Who can register?

You must:

›Be a citizen or ordinary resident in Swaziland.

›Be an adult citizen, 18 years and above.

›Be registered in one Inkhundla/ Umphakatsi.

›You must have a home in that chiefdom

›You must have resided in that chiefdom for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

›You must have a business in that chiefdom.

›Your principal employment is situated in that chiefdom.

Where can I register?

›You visit a gazette registration centre nearby and specify where you want to vote.

Which documents do I need to apply for registration?

Registration must be done in person and you are required to produce one of the following identification documents;

› A valid driver’s license

›Birth certificate

›Graded tax certification

›Travel document

In case of failure to produce any of the above documents, a competent witness (Umsumpe) is required to assist in confirming your identity.

DIASPORA REGISTRATION

Diaspora refers to any persons living in another country other than their own.

The process of registration of Diaspora

›You can visit or call the consulate or Embassy for details.

›Be in possession of a valid Swazi ID or passport.

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS A VOTER

Registration Centre

›A person may orally and publicly apply to the registration officer of the registration centre in which the applicant wishes to be registered to have that person’s name entered on the register for voters, and such person shall produce evidence of eligibility.

Umphakatsi

›In the case of registration at Umphakatsi, registration shall take place in the presence of the representatives of the Umphakatsi selected from among the Chief’s Council who may, if required by the registration officer, provide all relevant information regarding the eligibility of persons applying for registration as voters.

Urban or Industrialised areas

›In the case of registration at urban or industrialised areas, the persons applying for registration as voters shall produce evidence of their Swazi citizenship or permanent residence.

The Registration Officer

›If the registration officer is satisfied that an applicant qualifies to be registered as a voter, the registration officer shall enter the applicants name on the prescribed form and hand the applicant proof of registration, signifying that the applicant’s name shall be entered on the voters register, and the registration officer shall thereafter enter the name of the applicant in the appropriate Inkhundla voters register.

›If the registration officer is unsatisfied that an applicant qualifies to be registered, the officer shall reject the application, and the applicant may in the presence of the registration officer object by completing and signing the approved  Form No. 1, including the declaration set forth in that form.

›Where a registration officer refuses to register an applicant as a voter, the registration officer, in the approved Form No. 2 informs the applicant of the refusal and the reasons for the refusal.

THE BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM

Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) is a computer based registration solution.

 It is a direct data system of voters and it involves the use of biometric technologies with the use of computer, fingerprint scanners and digital cameras to capture the bio data of the applicants such as personal details, fingers prints and the face photo.

The technology is used to verify the authenticity of voters and to ensure more transparency and credibility in elections.