IEC fires area manager in Free State

2014-05-06 14:11

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free State has fired an area manager during the special voting period.

“We shook hands with the manager,” provincial IEC head Chris Mepha said in Bloemfontein today.

The manager apparently refused to hand over voting material to the presiding officer of the Khotsofalo farm school voting station. No reason was given for the manager’s actions.

The IEC said the station had 14 special votes applications.

IEC officials were also investigating a problem at the Kestell Old Age home voting station in the Maluti-a-Phofung area. The facility apparently told IEC staff no proper arrangements had been made for special votes.

“In Moqhaka [Kroonstad] not all [voting centres] opened on time. At a temporary voting station, chairs and tables were not available but the voting continued.”

Mepha said despite these issues, special voting went ahead without major problems.

The province had more than 23 000 special vote applications. IEC officials visited more than 10 000 homes for special votes and more than 4 400 special voters visited voting stations.

Mepha said IEC officials would continue taking special votes.

“They must visit all those who have applied.”

He urged all those people who were registered to vote tomorrow.

“Your vote is your voice,” he said, adding that all South Africans should embrace democracy.

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