IEC promises smooth elections

2011-01-17 00:00

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has expressed confidence that those south coasters wishing to register to take part in this year’s local government elections will experience no problems when attempting to do so.

It was announced last week that registration for the elections will take place over two days next month — February 5 and 6.

The IEC’s Provincial Electoral Officer in KwaZulu-Natal, Mawethu Mosery, confirmed that there will be 109 voting stations open on the Hibiscus Coast over the first weekend in February where those looking to register to vote will be able to do so.

“The stations are split up in terms of wards,” said Mosery.

He stressed the importance of knowing exactly what is required of them before members of the public make the journey to register.

“Only those who are over the age of 16 and are South African citizens will be allowed to register to vote,” he said.

“They must bring with them their green identity books and may only register to vote in person.”

Mosery said they do not expect overcrowding at voting stations to be a problem.

“We have arranged it so that no more than 1 200 registered voters, in most instances, will be able to vote at a specific station,” he said.

Anybody who is disabled and unable to get to one of the voting stations will have provisions made for them.

“These people can organise to get a form from one of our offices, fill it out and then one of our members will visit them at their homes so that they can register,” insisted Mosery.

“Wheelchair ramps at the stations and infrastructure that caters for the disabled is something that we have put a lot of effort into,” he added.

Mosery assured the public that the IEC is on track to facilitate a smooth local government election.


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