Voting in Dubai - Really concerning
Below is a copy of an email which I sent to the DA this morning raising what I believe are some irregularities and concerns about the process followed. I really hope that this is not a sign of things to come next week. I hammered this out early this morning so let me apologise up front for the poor grammar but you will get the picture.
So we went to vote yesterday in Dubai, UAE and I have a couple of questions/concerns which I am hoping you could shed some light on.
We had to complete the VEC10 online application in what was very little time especially as very little heads-up was provided hence many people missed the opportunity. I believe that once approved this resulted in your name being added to the voters roll at the voting station which was used yesterday?
Figures provided for those who had completed the process, as per above, were just over 1500 however yesterday the Q at the consulate was always about 100-150m from 7am thru to 8pm when I had finally finished voting. This seems odd for 1500 voters?
Some went to vote @ 7am and this took about 1 hour whilst those going at midday took about 4 hours. I arrived at 5pm and was done by 8pm. The line at this stage was longer than the area where I arrived at 5pm hence I can only presumes that they would only get to vote at around 11pm. The station was closing at 9pm so I hope they still got to vote.
Once inside we had to complete a VEC1 form after checking to see if our name were on the roll. It appeared that if you were not on the roll then your details were entered into another book and the VEC1 form completed and then you were allowed to vote. This would explain the more than 1500 voters however one wonders how many others never voted (I know of two friends) as we were told that without completing the VEC10 process you couldn't vote. It seems you could register on the day.
After the VEC1 process we then proceeded upstairs to the voting booths. We were provided with a national ballot only. What happened with the provincial vote? I would have thought that although we were out of the country we would still get to vote for our province?
When provided with the ballot paper we were also provided with two envelopes (A & B). We had to make our mark, fold the paper into 3 and then place it in A, seal A and then place A into B and seal that. All very simple however on the outside of B was space to put your name, ID number and voting district which in this case was Dubai's number.
I took my wife, daughter and a friend with me to vote and the strange thing is that all three of us were given what seems to be different instructions from the same person. I was never told to complete the outside of B at all (nothing) and hence I never did besides my vote is secret and why should I put my name on it.
My wife and daughter were told to complete the entire outside of B however the friend was only told about the voting station number which needed to be completed. Really strange. What happens here? Which votes are counted and which are not because B wasn't completed?
Lastly, once the envelope was sealed it was placed into a bin. This bin resembled a wheelie bin, just shorter. The concerning part here was that the bin was not sealed at all. The IEC official just lifted the lid and I had to place my envelope inside. It was already almost full to the brim with envelopes. Without the bin being sealed it would be easy to remove the envelopes.
Long story I know but as a concerned voter, citizen and DA supported I thought it best to share the above.
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