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All systems go for 2014 - IEC

2014-05-05 19:03
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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.

Incidents

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 statement.

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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