IEC ready for Wednesday

By Drum Digital
05 May 2014

Special voting kicked off on Monday with IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula expressing confidence that general elections would proceed smoothly on Wednesday.

Special voting kicked off on Monday with electoral commission chairwoman Pansy Tlakula expressing confidence that general elections would proceed smoothly on Wednesday.

She said special votes were under way countrywide and home visits were also being conducted.

"Elections have started in earnest and we are ready for Wednesday," she told the media after casting her special vote at the Orange Grove Primary School in Johannesburg.

Tlakula took the time to clarify the confusion related to the campaigning by political parties over the next two days.

She said parties could campaign until midnight on Tuesday but no political event would take place on Wednesday.

"Special voting days are not regarded as [official] voting days as proclaimed by the president. Campaigning can take place until then [Tuesday midnight]," she said.

386 429 voters are expected to cast special votes at voting stations and through home visits today and tomorrow.

The special votes are underway until 5pm and will continue tomorrow between 9am and 5pm.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela says election officials will visit 295 731 voters in their homes, retirement centres, hospitals and health care facilities and other places of residence throughout the country to allow them to cast their ballots in the national election today and tomorrow. “Of these, 292 510 will also cast a provincial ballot,” she adds.

Kate says that 90 698 voters also successfully applied to cast a special ballot at the voting station where they are registered.  She also says of the 22 263 voting stations, 3 593 have no special vote applications and will therefore not open on today and tomorrow.

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