DJ Sbu’s ballot selfie causes a stir

2014-05-07 14:34

Metro FM DJ and record label owner, DJ Sbu, may soon find himself in hot water after he tweeted a photo of his marked ballot paper.

The popular DJ has made no secret of the fact that he voted for the ANC on social media network Twitter, but he deleted the photos of his national and provincial ballot paper shortly after other users pointed out it was a crime to take such photos.

The tweet that accompanied Sbu’s national ballot read: “Defending the revolution! #National #VivaANC.”

The other, of his provincial ballot, was accompanied by a tweet that read: “#Provincial I also voted 4 the ONLY movement with enough capacity to take this country 4ward.”

In a separate incident earlier today, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed that a man had been charged with unlawfully taking a “selfie” of his vote in an election booth.

The incident took place at the Presbyterian Church in Upington in the Northern Cape.

Bonolo Modise, provincial electoral officer for the Northern Cape, said the IEC received a report that “a voter got too excited and took a picture of the ballot paper in the voting booth”.

“Somebody brought that to the attention of IEC officials and police,” said Modise.

Modise confirmed that the unidentified person had been arrested.

Regulations to the Electoral Act make it a criminal offence for a person to make a “photographic or any other form of image of a ballot paper which has been marked by a voter”.

If convicted, a person may be sentenced to a fine or a conviction not exceeding a year’s imprisonment.

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