IEC confident of smooth elections

2016-08-02 20:54
Political party officials trickling into the IEC centre (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Pretoria - The IEC says it is confident the elections will run smoothly and the preparations in place will contribute to a free, fair and peaceful process.

"All that remains is for all 26.3 million registered voters to come out and cast their votes," chairperson Glen Mashinini told reporters.

"The 22 612 voting stations will open for voting at 07:00 and close at 19:00. Of course, no voter will be turned away and voters who are at voting stations at 19:00 but have not yet had an opportunity to vote, will be allowed to cast their ballots."

Mashinini appealed to voters to adhere to the rules that have been put in place. Among the things he stressed was the taking of selfies with marked ballot papers.

"Voters are also reminded that it is prohibited to take a photograph or "selfie" of their marked ballot paper. This is essential to protect the secrecy and integrity of their vote and the process. We encourage voters to rather take a picture of their marked thumb to show they have voted and to post these on social media with the hashtag #ivoted to encourage further participation," he said.

Mashinini said they were satisfied that they had done everything in their power to prepare for the elections, but indicated there were a few issues still worrying them. He said these included possible disruptions as a result of protests, inclement weather and political campaigning in voting stations.

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