Durban - The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has not
received any complaints over the presiding officers appointed to
KwaZulu-Natal's 4 746 voting stations, the province's chief electoral officer
said in Durban on Tuesday.
"No objections to any of the presiding officers have
been received to date," Mawethu Mosery said after a parade of some 800
police officers to be deployed from Durban to remote polling stations.
He said political parties had been aware since August of who
the presiding officers and their deputies were.
Mosery's comments follow complaints by the Inkatha Freedom
Party that many of the presiding officers are members of the SA Democratic
On Monday night IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi referred to
a by-election in Nongoma where the Electoral Court handed a ward back to the
IFP after the National Freedom Party won it.
The IFP complained that some of the special votes cast in
the by-election were not counted because the presiding officer had failed to
stamp them. The NFP was initially declared the winner.
"The person that was in charge was a member of Sadtu,
who failed to ensure the ballot papers were stamped," Buthelezi said.
However, Mosery said party agents needed to be vigilant at
voting stations. He urged voters not to accept ballot papers that had not been
stamped. Each stamp was unique to each polling station.
Addressing the police officers, Mosery urged them to be
alert during the election and afterwards, during reaction to the results.
"Those reactions must not undermine the stability of
He urged police to ensure there was no political activity at
KwaZulu-Natal transport, community safety, and liaison MEC
Willies Mchunu thanked police for reducing political violence in the province
in the five years he had been in office.