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IEC: No official objections to vote yet

2011-05-19 12:14

Pretoria - There had been no official objections to the 2011 local government polls by Thursday morning, an IEC official said.

"Remarkably we haven't received any objections," said electoral manager Stuart Murphy.

There had been a number of complaints - including the DA's controversial SMS campaign, but in terms of Section 65 of the Electoral Act, no objections.

However, this could change where results become extremely close.

In terms of Section 65 of the Electoral Act, written objections are allowed until 21:00 within two days of the election.

Grounds for objection include a voter being given too many ballot papers or being refused one, conduct of a voting officer or party agent, irregularities or inaccuracies in sorting of ballot papers, counting of votes or determination of results or the verification procedure.

Objections must be directed to the presiding officer who is obliged to investigate, record a finding, inform the objector of the decision and keep a record of each objection.

Comments
  • Zanu - 2011-05-19 12:28

    What about the ANC's 4AM controversial SMS campaign?

      keithy - 2011-05-19 12:30

      Selective reporting....again

      Matt - 2011-05-19 12:31

      4am?! Oh that's just wrong! Having said that, yesterday I got 2 SMSes from "Helen Zille" to go vote DA. Which I didn't...

      Educated - 2011-05-19 12:46

      I got an sms from the DA and a 'please call me' from the anc.

      Flinger - 2011-05-19 12:57

      lol @ educated

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-19 12:58

      @ Educated - BWHAHAHAHAH!!!! Comedy Gold!!!

  • Mad man - 2011-05-19 12:32

    Preliminary results do not mean the reversal of Apartheid. Most white people are just carried away about the current IEC results. They (DA) can practice that inhuman laws in Midvaal and Cape Town - the ANC is back in 2014 to save blacks

      Ballsy - 2011-05-19 12:36

      Why is it always about race? The color of your skin is a thing of the past. Hopefully no one is still thinking that way in 2014

      Dal68 - 2011-05-19 12:36

      anc will become just like the np - and just vaporise......hehehehehehehe

      Afval - 2011-05-19 12:41

      Mad man- you are pathetic

      Educated - 2011-05-19 12:49

      Hehe, please do tell us all about the 'inhuman laws' that you speak of, or did you get that from the 'how to hate white people' training that your party sent you on.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-19 12:51

      @Mad man - if the ANC are doing such a fine job.....why are so many ANC followers trying to get to Cape Town to work and live? Why won't any ANC supporter answer me on this?

      Educated - 2011-05-19 12:51

      Ballsy - "Why is it always about race?". To the hardcore racist everything is about race.

      Matt - 2011-05-19 12:52

      Most of SA appears to be dying of cANCer right now. Your party has had 17 years to "save" people... 17 years and most people are still living in their own filth! "Save" them from oppression (after de Klerk gave it first) and the "salvation" plan is to keep them in squatter camps. Very clever Mad Man...

      Educated - 2011-05-19 12:58

      Mad man - "the ANC is back in 2014 to save blacks". Save blacks from good governance, accountability, transparency, non-racialism, service delivery and a well run and clean province. Personally I wouldn't want to be 'saved' from that but each to his own, I guess.

  • Matt - 2011-05-19 12:32

    How can anyone complain, News24 hasn't given us result updates in hours now

      Mad man - 2011-05-19 12:42

      The IEC should stop these preliminary results and keep them secret until next week Thursday so that they can have enough time to count

      Matt - 2011-05-19 12:47

      @ Mad Man - I come from a country with 60 million people, that's 10 million more than SA - yet the next morning by 10-11am the results are final... it shouldn't take so long to count! Till next week? What, so the ANC can disagree with the outcome and "rectify" it with extra votes?

      sefeddt - 2011-05-19 12:48

      @Matt Or just do like Mugabe did in Zim, ANC can confiscate the voting boxes count them themselves then tell us what the results are. Hey if you cant trust your government who can you trust.

      Smaal - 2011-05-19 12:52

      I agree with mad man. Here I have just learned that they are recounting again. Seems they are recounting till the right party wins and that is over and above reports of IEC officials following voters to the voting booths to “assist” them and actively campaigning for the ANC in the voting halls (that they are not supposed to be doing).

      Matt - 2011-05-19 12:54

      @ Smaal - no way!!! I guess the ANC-biased IEC will not take action, nor will it be reported on the ANC-biased SABC...

      Smaal - 2011-05-19 13:13

      Yes way Matt, Yes way. A lot of people especially Indians turned away at the voting stations I’m referring to due to the (and I quote) “intimidation tactics”. Over and above that you need to ask why there were (according to reports) 70.5-million ballot papers printed when only about 23 million voters are registered and only 60% of those voters are expected to vote.

  • Jeanne - 2011-05-19 12:33

    The ANC didnt send sms..they sent Please Call Mes! wahahahah!

      Matt - 2011-05-19 12:37

      LOL... the ANC never sent me anything, they obviously didn't want me to vote for them :-) which is fine as I didn't. Viva ACDP :-)

      Matt - 2011-05-19 12:49

      The ANC don't use cellphones, remember they're "divine" and thus beyond cellphones - they use ancestors to tell people to vote ANC... Cell anCestors - Hello the past...

      Gary - 2011-05-19 14:01

      damn you beat me to it..........your post just came up now.....

  • Afval - 2011-05-19 12:34

    Guess who will object Cape Metro....

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-05-19 12:34

    Job well done by IEC.

  • Afval - 2011-05-19 12:37

    Looks like rasism will never end in this country of ours.

  • Jo - 2011-05-19 12:53

    Then what about this? http://mg.co.za/article/2011-05-18-zille-lodges-complaint-over-ballot-papers

  • ShabirS - 2011-05-19 12:54

    I object and that is official. I will divulge my reasons a later stage

      Flinger - 2011-05-19 13:02

      Fabulous!

      Doublepost - 2011-05-19 13:06

      How is that "fatal" terminal disease treating you?

      ShabirS - 2011-05-19 13:17

      @Doublespot:Not bad at all, thank you to JZ for letting me bask on the Southern Sun

      Doublepost - 2011-05-19 13:39

      Ah, great! What's your handicap now? Hope it has improved since you and JZ last spoke!

  • zulufox - 2011-05-19 13:01

    News24's election results map is misleading a whole lot of ambitious DA folks... hahaha...

  • Zebedi - 2011-05-19 13:07

    Question: why in a country that has digital lines in all cities, most towns,and at least cell reception in all the rest, why are all ballots not cast electronically? No need for counting, it happens automatically. It would also automatically remove your ID from the roll as soon as you make your X, helping eliminate fraud. They can never run out of ballot forms, never give you too many or too few, which would help eliminate fraud. They would save millions in printing costs and labour costs alone. I can hear the naysayers already bitching about Eskom / Telkom stability, but really, guys, we live in the electronic age, we need to get with the program.

      Doublepost - 2011-05-19 13:15

      Job creation I guess! If they went electronic they would have to hire qualified personal to keep the system running and they wouldn't have to have 21000 odd voting stations that each have to have many IEC officials, security guards and helping hands to get the job done. Much the same reason why farmers are required to be labour intensive rather than technology intensive. Funny thing, you answered your own question when you said, "They would save millions in printing costs and labour costs alone." It has never been the ANC's intention to "save" money. Especially when it comes to labour!

  • Kitana - 2011-05-19 13:19

    Yes, why is everything about race...most people complaining about "Apartheid" are to young to even remember it! It's time to stop living in the past and start looking toward a future...one where everyone can get along regardless of colour! To me personally it's not fair that an educated child who worked his/her butt of to get somewhere in life is told that he/she cannot go study further because of the colour of their skin or a man cannot take care of his family because his to "white" to get a job, regardless of his experience. The roles have just changed, apartheid hasn’t gone anywhere. What has the ANC really done for the people of SA, rather than stuff their own faces? Get with the times people, vote for a better future where equality reigns and you can actually live the dream you've worked hard to accomplish, not because of colour...everything being handed on a silver platter.

      Doublepost - 2011-05-19 13:32

      You see, the truth is very hard for people to grasp. Blacks and Whites can get along if they respect each others rights to be left to their own devices. The problem is that the government interferes with the everyday facet of our lives by making us pretend that there is no difference between us. Racism will never die because their are reasons for it. Without the instinct that comes to prefer your own race to others, you would die out. That is contrary to survival! The truth is so apparent when one does away with the politically correct nonsense we are fed on TV and other media fronts. People will hate me and call me names for what I say, I accept that but I will never change. I now know the truth and one day you will realise it too. It is inevitable. The best thing that we can do as "South Africans" of all races, is to accept that there are differences between us and respect those, and try to live your life without placing your culture or expectations on others. Apartheid was wrong, the current forced integration is wrong! That is why you will notice people being upset, they don't want to be forced into something they don't like. It is not the governments right to interfere in our lives. They need to butt out! Live and let live. Respect others rights to live amongst their own and in turn that respect will be given back to you. It really is so simple, yet you will probably denounce it, call me a heretic, racist, whatever and that will be that.

  • Kitana - 2011-05-19 13:19

    Yes, why is everything about race...most people complaining about "Apartheid" are to young to even remember it! It's time to stop living in the past and start looking toward a future...one where everyone can get along regardless of colour! To me personally it's not fair that an educated child who worked his/her butt of to get somewhere in life is told that he/she cannot go study further because of the colour of their skin or a man cannot take care of his family because his to "white" to get a job, regardless of his experience. The roles have just changed, apartheid hasn’t gone anywhere. What has the ANC really done for the people of SA, rather than stuff their own faces? Get with the times people, vote for a better future where equality reigns and you can actually live the dream you've worked hard to accomplish, not because of colour...everything being handed on a silver platter.

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  • Antoniette - 2011-05-19 13:32

    The ANC did send out SMS's calling people to vote ANC and phoned my daughter too. The DA SMS'ed her but didn't sms or call me. I voted anyway Go DA.

  • Gary - 2011-05-19 13:55

    I had no issues with the DA's sms campaign, I see the ANC used something similar but they could only afford please call me's.

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