KZN voting day preparations are all in order, says Mosery

2014-03-31 00:00

WITH fewer than 40 days to go to the upcoming national and provincial elections, KwaZulu-Natal’s chief electoral officer, Mawethu Mosery, said he was comfortable that all preparations were in hand.

Speaking to Msunduzi councillors last week, Mosery said that all 228 voting stations in the district were ready and that on election day they would be open from 7 am to 9 pm.

The electoral officer said he hoped the electricity department would be on stand-by to ensure that the lights did not go out and that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had already negotiated with Eskom that there was to be no load shedding on election day.

According to Mosery, 600 electoral staff in the Msunduzi voting district had completed their training.

He appealed to councillors to assist with applications for special votes. Applications can be made in the period from April 7 to April 17. Application forms can be obtained from the local IEC office or they can be downloaded from the IEC website.

On May 5, electoral offices will conduct home visits to special vote applicants who are bed-ridden, disabled or who are pregnant. On May 6, special vote applicants who will be away from their area on election day May 7, will be able to vote at their designated voting stations.

For now, voters can view the list of candidates nominated by the different parties on the IEC website and they have until April 1 to object to any person on any of the lists.

The objections must state why the person cannot be elected to office. The IEC offers a list of guidelines on its website as to what criteria disqualify a person from holding office.

Mosery said that 18 political parties have registered in KwaZulu-Natal to contest for seats in the provincial legislature.

Nationally, 29 political parties are contesting the election.

He added that there were 5,1 million registered voters in KZN, making it the province with the second highest number of voters. Gauteng tops the list with six million voters. There are 25 million voters registered nationally.

“This is an important milestone for KZN as it has broken through the five million mark in South Africa’s 20th year of democracy and will allow us to have 48 seats in our provincial legislature. Gauteng will have 49 seats. To get one seat in a provincial legislature requires 63 000 votes” Mosery said.

He urged councillors to spend more time campaigning and “less on other things”.

“Go on door-to-door campaigns, promote the code of conduct and above all promote tolerance,” he said.

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