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.

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