IEC hopes for better voting in KZN

2013-06-13 00:00

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) yesterday appealed to parties in KZN to clamp down on the bussing in of voters to register in wards they did not live in.

Briefing the KZN Legislature on readiness for the 2014 elections, IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said although it did not happen in general elections, it took place at low-intensity levels in municipal elections.

She said during by-elections, particularly in KZN, the phenomenon increased to an extent that two by-elections in Jozini and Abaqulusi were postponed.

Tlakula said the electoral body was doing its part to put mechanisms in place to stop the problem, but it appeared political parties were outdoing the IEC.

She appealed to political parties to nip the problem in the bud and act against those responsible, saying it has the potential to affect “the credibility and integrity of the electoral process as a whole and the integrity and credibility of the electoral commission”.

She said the IEC was investigating its own staff that might be complicit in the allegations.

While the IEC was not expecting international observers, she encouraged non-governmental organisations to apply to be domestic observers, particularly in KZN.

Deputy chief electoral officer Simon Mamabolo said out of 52 million of the country’s population, 31,4 million were eligible voters. There were currently 23,1 million voters that are registered, putting the mark at 73%.

KZN has six million eligible voters with 4,5 million registered at 75% of its population.

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