Thandi Modise slams damage of election material

2014-02-10 09:03

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The alleged damaging of election material by seven people at a voter registration station in Taung, North West, undermines democracy, says North West premier Thandi Modise.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the disruption of election processes and acts of violence during voter registration ... These should be stamped out and those responsible dealt harshly [with] by the law,” she said in a statement.

Modise said citizens had the right to exercise their vote in a safe and peaceful environment without intimidation.

Colonel Sabata Mokwabone said yesterday three women and four men allegedly forced their way into a voter registration station at the Itlameng Primary School on Saturday at about 7.40am.

Damaging election material is prohibited in terms of Section (1)(c) of the Electoral Act of 1998, he said.

The group allegedly arrived at the school and demanded registration material from IEC officials.

Mokwabone said they then removed IEC banners from the school fence and set them alight before fleeing.

The seven were arrested yesterday afternoon. They are aged between 20 and 33.

Modise has called for an investigation into why the seven were not immediately arrested at the scene.

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