Ballot 'selfies' likely to go unpunished

2014-05-08 13:40

The Independent Electoral Commission has suggested that it is unlikely to take action against members of the public who had violated the law by taking their “selfies” and ballot papers showing who they had voted for.

Chief electoral office Mosotho Moepya said he had not seen any such pictures on social media as he had been busy with the elections at the results centre.

“The spirit of the law is to stop a situation where people will sell their ballot to political parties. It’s happening elsewhere in the world.

“In many instances you are talking about, it’s a situation where many South Africans are celebrating,” Moepya said.

People found guilty of flouting the law could face a fine or a jail term of not more than a year.

Famous radio personality DJ Sbu caused a stir yesterday on social media after he uploaded a picture of his ballot showing that he had voted for the ANC.

Other celebrities, and young people, had also done so.

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