Cape Town – The Electoral Commission SA (IEC) said it is
confident that all systems are in place for the national and provincial
elections on Wednesday, 7 May.
IEC chair Pansy Tlakula said: “Everything is in place for
the country’s 22 263 voting stations to open on schedule at 07:00 on Wednesday
in anticipation of the arrival of 25.39 million voters who have registered to
vote in the elections.”
She said all materials have been distributed to local
warehouses including over 62 million ballot papers – 31 411 100 national and 31
491 100 provincial – and 211 032 temporary positions have been filled and
training done for voting station staff.
“Additionally about 4 563 area managers have been
appointed to oversee voting activities within district areas. Along with permanent
IEC staff, this brings to approximately 218 000 staff working on the elections.”
Tlakula said the special votes that started on Monday had
gone down very well.
Just under 400 000 voters intend to cast a special vote on
Monday and Tuesday – either at their voting station or by being visited by
election officials in the case of voters who are disabled, pregnant or ill.
She said the special votes also provided a good “dry run”
and systems check for Wednesday.
On Monday only minor logistical issues were reported.
“Among these were high winds along the coast in the
Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal which had blown over tents erected as temporary
voting stations overnight. These had been re-erected,” the IEC said in a
Other incidents reported included the late opening of
isolated voting stations due to delays of material deliveries, staff arrivals
and some difficulties in gaining access to premises.
The IEC reported isolated incidents of community protest
action, which were reported to the security structures and police had been
deployed to these areas.
Meanwhile, Tlakula said just over 12 000 marked ballots
had arrived by courier from international voting stations.
“The ballot papers will then be set aside in ballot boxes
and securely stored until local voting stations close and the counting of all
ballot papers starts at 21:00 on 7 May. The votes from all international voting
stations will be combined into a single international voting district.”
More ballots are expected to arrive Monday and Tuesday
from other international destinations.
It will only be known how many voters cast their votes at
international voting stations last week once counting begins but approximately
27 000 voters were expected to vote abroad.
Voting stations open for all registered voters at 07:00 on
Wednesday and voting will continue until 21:00.
Registered voters should vote at the voting station where
they are registered and must have their green barcoded ID book, a temporary ID
certificate or a new smart ID card in order to vote.
Voters can check their registration by SMSing their ID
number of 32810 (cost R1) or calling 0800 11 8000.
Information on voting is also available on www.elections.org.za
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