So the IEC say voting is free and fair.
One must wonder how they come to this conclusion, when there are voters that will be excluded from the national election. This is due to the IEC not making provision for voters that are traveling internationally during the voting dates.
The voting dates are as follows:
- 30 April 2014 Abroad Vote
- 5, 6 May Special Votes
- 7 May Voting Day
So now, let’s have a closer look at the dates. If you are Overseas (Abroad) you can vote on 30 April at the South African Embassy in the country you are in at the time. As long as you fill out the application to vote abroad and it is approved.
Now if you are not able to make that date, you will then vote on voting day unless you apply for a special vote. These votes are in South Africa only.
So now ask the question.
HOW DO YOU VOTE IF YOU TRAVEL BETWEEN THESE DATES THAT ARE SET IN STONE?
The answer to that question is simply, “you cannot vote” as the head office of the IEC have told me.
So the next question is, why have the IEC not made provision for these voters?
This makes you think how fair do, they want the elections to be. There will be thousands that won’t be able to vote because of this miss sight.
The IEC have dropped the ball and now there are South Africans that want to vote but can’t.
There is a simply solution to this problem and that is to set up voting stations in South Africa’s international airports. So that voters can cast their votes before they leave South Africa…
So currently if you are traveling internationally between the 30 April and 5 May, you will not be able to vote!
Come on IEC wakeup and stop spending money on irrelevant things and spend it where it counts.