Voter education intensified

2008-02-27 00:00

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says its will intensify voter education programmes ahead of the 2009 general elections.

It has also emerged that the commission plans to add 195 voting stations to the existing 4 064 across KZN.

These were some of the details that emerged when an IEC delegation, led by its chairperson, Dr Brigalia Bam, addressed a special sitting of the provincial legislature yesterday.

“Our aim is to increase the efforts in educating the public, thereby increasing awareness in the area of elections and democracy,” Bam told members of the legislature.

She said the commission will be working with other government departments and civil society to advance this course.

“We will continue to work with the Education Department in schools to develop and reinforce a culture of democracy at these institutions, focusing mainly on human rights and elections, politics and elections, the South African Constitution, electoral systems and processes, balloting education and participation.”

The delegation told Parliament that R900 million has been set aside for the preparations and the carrying out of next year’s elections. The bulk of the amount will go towards voter education with the hope that this will improve levels of political tolerance among the voters, said chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula.

She said that while the date was “fluid” and could still change, the commission has set April 14 as the election date.

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