Voters wait in line to vote at Nkandla. (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Durban – Voting was proceeding as planned across KwaZulu-Natal, the IEC in the province said on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Mawethu Mosery said during an update that over 4 000 voting points across the length and breadth of KZN were operational. “We have no reports of shortages or missing election materials,” he said.
Mosery said officials were investigating an incident in Inanda where a ballot box was found alongside a road.
“We have at least established the station it came from and together we have authenticated the contents of that ballot box and the seals had not been broken,” he said.
“The initial indication is that it fell off the vehicle that was delivering it. The police are on it because it is unacceptable in our framework.” He said that it would need to be established if the mislaying of the ballot box was intentional or an act of negligence.
“In the meantime, we have suspended the official and replaced him.”
Mosery touched on the suspension of 40 electoral staff who had incorrectly applied procedures for special votes. “We are taking the approach that errors compromise the integrity of the process. We will act swiftly on acts of negligence,” he said.
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