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Drop in KZN IEC complaints

2011-05-16 12:47

Durban - There has been a "huge drop" in the number of complaints to the IEC in KwaZulu-Natal during campaigns for this week’s local government elections, the commission said on Monday.

“During the 2006 elections we received 200 complaints, and for this year’s elections we received only 23 complaints. That is a huge drop,” the province's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chief Mawethu Mosery told Sapa.

Of the 23 complaints, 15 were for destroying or removing campaign posters, and the rest for issues relating to disruption of campaigns.

Political tolerance

Mosery attributed the drop to growing levels of political tolerance in the province, known for ANC-IFP clashes during elections since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

He was happy with the improvement.

“For the past six weeks we have not lost a life because of election campaigns. We are better now, but there are still incidents that make us uncomfortable.”

Five people had been killed in attacks thought to be politically motivated since the start of campaigning in August last year. The victims were all political leaders.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele told journalists in KwaDukuza last week he was impressed with the level of tolerance in the province.

Scores of officers would be deployed to prevent disruptions and violence. Durban hostels, Umsinga, Nongoma and Estcourt were among the potential hotspots, he said.

Mosery said he was happy with preparations for the elections.

“I am very happy and very comfortable.”

Transport problems

There are 4.6 million registered voters in KwaZulu-Natal, compared to 3.8 million for the 2006 local government elections.

Mawethu said voter turnout would depend on whether campaigns and manifestos had appealed to people.

“Another issue that can affect the voter turnout is laziness. Other people don’t vote because they fail to get transport to areas where they are supposed to vote.”

Comments
  • Theuns - 2011-05-16 13:10

    WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 18th MAY, PLEASE TURN YOUR BALLOT PAPER OVER, AND IF IT IS NOT STAMPED, PLEASE ASK FOR ANOTHER ONE, BECAUSE WHEN THEY COUNT THE VOTES, ALL THE BALLOT PAPERS WITH NO STAMP ON THE BACK WILL BE DESTROYED. IT IS A CAMPAIGN TO GET LESS OR NO VOTES IN THE NON -ANC AREAS. THIS WAS IN THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE!!!!

  • Sikhumbuzo - 2011-05-16 15:33

    Thanks to ANC victory in 2009 and people began to see practical service delivery. When people idle or starve they begin to fight over scarce resources but when given opportunity to develop they reason and leave political partie believing in violence. The IEC must also be commended for providing leadership even to the most arrogant people by being patient when it comes to policy implementation.

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  • Kas - 2011-05-18 10:52

    I wish to complain about the fact that at the Richards Bay primary school, voting station for Umhlatuze ward 2, wher I have voted several times before since 2000, the IEC officials sit with an incomplete or incorrect voters roll that has for an example not a single voter with the surname stating with "van der" and there should be hundreds if not thosands of us..... Hundreds of us, previously registered in this ward, after checking the IEC voters roll at their party stand, before going in to vote, discovered that our names was missing from the voters roll IEC staff used to check before handing out the ballot papers. This happenned after we received the printout from the handheld scanner. This is causing a huge delay as each and every person now has to queue in order to fill in a separate form before they are allowed to vote. This needs immediate attention as it may frustrate many voters to the extent where they will walk away rather than stand in the line for hours..... or is that the whole idea????

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