Political murders unlikely to stop KZN elections - IEC

2016-07-20 17:17

Durban – It is unlikely that the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) will postpone elections in KwaZulu-Natal because of the spate of recent politically-motivated murders, it said on Wednesday.

"We would not cancel elections throughout the province, but only at a voting station in a specific ward," provincial IEC officer Mawethu Mosery told reporters.

Two ANC candidate councillors were killed in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

The law allows the IEC to postpone the elections, but it would only do so if it was not possible to hold free and fair elections at a certain voting station.

Mosery said the IEC at present had "no reason to doubt" the province's 4 794 voting stations.

The IEC in KwaZulu-Natal had held talks with the provincial government and police on the killings of candidate councillors in the province to understand the motives behind the killings. The murders were being investigated.

Preparedness, ballot distribution

"We are assured of high-level intervention. We will be further engaging voter education. It does not help to kill."

With 14 days to go before the elections, the IEC was directing most of its attention to the distribution of ballot papers. Printing them would be concluded on Wednesday. They would then be distributed to municipalities by Friday next week.

The IEC was concluding final staff allocation ahead of special voting days on August 1 and 2.

The province had received 82 416 applications for special votes. Of these, 50 342 were approved for home visits and 29 856 for voting station visits. A total of 2 218 applications had been rejected.