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I just survived voting in the 2014 elections...

2014-05-07 12:18
Pootycat Comments: 0 Article views: 263

Well got to the Dainfern College at 06:20, not bad 20 or 30 people in front of me. Shortly before 07:00 we had movement and a Section 1 sign went up at an office next to the entrance everybody was queuing at. Then a sign with an AAA - COG. Official comes out and explains list has been split into 3 sections. You get your slip and go to the section which has your surname in the alphabetical split.

Whoops Section 1 sign disappears and Section 3 goes up but alphabetical listing stays. Eventually Section 3 is replaced by Section 1. Starting to get nervous.

One poor official is slowly working her way thru the queue issuing slips off the scanner. This is going to take a long time and thankfully I am not at the end of the queue which has now snaked around the building.

Get my slip and off I go to Section 3. Official asks me if my name is Martin and tries to send me to Section 2. I politely inform that my name as per the ID he is holding is SPOONER. He lets me pass. I then stand waiting while three very intelligent officials try and find my name on an alphabetical list via a scanned number. In frustration I ask them to look for SPOONER and lo and behold there it is alphabetically. I then get the voting slips and move to the voting booths which are all open to the public so they can see where I am putting my marks. Mention to an offensive offical who disagrees and tels me rather arrogantly the booths are to their standard. Amazing all over the world voting is secret and booths are turnaround to guarantee that secrecy. Not so in Dainfern - but they had it right in Rosebank where Helen Zille was being filmed while she voted.

No ink but as I put my ballot slips in the poorly marked ballot boxes I get the mark of the beast.

Huge sigh of relief  and I walk away smiling at the hoardes in the queue. Final twist - parking is a nightmare despite 4 JMPD officials standing around doing nothing!

Read a lot about the IEC being ready. Not in my opinion if one reads how the overseas vote has been stuffed up and if one considers the amount of time and money that has gone into this process and yet officials are not up to speed.

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