Some special voters suspiciously healthy: IEC

2011-05-17 20:15

Cape Town - Apparently fit and able voters in the Western Cape ducked Wednesday's queues and forecasts of rain to cast special votes at home, provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson joked on Tuesday.

"We did find very healthy people who voted at home," Sampson said at the IEC media centre in Bellville South, adding that his staff did not press the point.

"Maybe their illnesses were where we could not see. We just allowed people [to] vote... we did not want to begin to question people's infirmity. They did apply."

Sampson said that by Tuesday morning, 12 000 people had cast special votes in the province and another 7 000 were expected to have done so by 17:00.

He said voting had gone smoothly with the exception of an incident in Berg River where an official assisting a special voter appeared to manipulate the person's choice. He had since been sacked.

"He placed the vote in another party's box. We thought it was serious enough to replace the person."

On Wednesday, voters head to 1 570 voting stations in the Western Cape to elect representatives in 387 wards.

The province is expected to see a close race in the Cape Town metro between the Democratic Alliance and the African National Congress, which lost control of the city to the opposition in 2006.

  • tammi2day - 2011-05-17 20:26

    Courtney Sampson apparently you need to be educated on when and why people can make use of a Special vote.... as a Provincial Electoral Officer, you should know this - you bring shame to the IEC. As per the IEC website, here are the reasons why special votes are granted ... and they are NOT only because of illness... dumb@$$: A special vote allows a registered voter, who can't vote at their voting station on election day, to apply to vote on a predetermined day before election day. Do I qualify for a special vote? You can apply if you – are a registered voter in South Africa; have a green bar-coded ID book or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (apply at a Home Affairs office); appear on the Voters’ Roll; and can’t travel to your voting station because you're physically infirm or disabled or can’t vote at your voting station on election day.

      Ryan - 2011-05-17 20:45

      Maybe you need to be educated tammi2day. There are two types of special votes as you mentioned; Those who are physically infirm or disabled or those who can't make it to their voting station on election day. Those who are physically infirm get the courtesy of a visit by IEC officials. If you can't make it to your voting station on election day you go to your voting station yesterday or today. All voting stations were open for the past two days for those that can't make it on the 18th. Before you come with your aggressive and angry vitriol perhaps you should know the facts. Just a thought, unless you are happy to appear foolish and ignorant all the time.

      tammi2day - 2011-05-17 21:42

      @ Ryan, You are quite correct, my apologies, I actually misread the original article. Courtney Sampson, my apologies to you too... I misread the article and mistakenly thought that you were talking about special votes in general but now see that you were referring only to the home visits. Also @ Ryan, my alleged (because this is YOUR interpretation) aggressive and angry vitriol were neither as aggressive nor as angry as you would like to believe, but if you wish to appear as 'aggressive and angry' as me... carry on! Have a happy day - mine is certainly better having made my apologies and ensured that I no longer 'appear foolish and ignorant all the time' (Wow, I'm starting to wonder whether you have been stalking me or perhaps you're just prone to making OTT generalizations about me in particular... no I won't take it personally, it really doesn't bug me if you feel you need to stalk me, or if you feel you need to correct me. Thanks, btw, for the correction - I am only human and as all of us (perhaps with the exception of your good self, prone to make mistakes)! LOL - you really shouldn't take yourself so seriously - it is almost a certainty that the rest of the world doesn't!

  • White_Rhino - 2011-05-17 20:28

    Placing the vote in another party's box ? Serious enough ? I would freaking hope so . . . !!

      Francis - 2011-05-17 21:38

      only if it was placed in the ANC

      DW - 2011-05-18 17:27

      My polling station only had one box. I did not see different party boxes. Is this normal?

      Mikemcc - 2011-05-19 16:49

      @DW, I was wondering the same thing. What would be the point of a secret ballot when you give away your choice by placing it in a particular party's box? There were 3 boxes at my polling station segregated by the colour of the ballot paper but definitely not by party.

  • ANCBlackAngel - 2011-05-17 20:42

    we are taking cape town tomorrow...plans are in motion to take the western cape if you like it or not it will be ours tomorrow you will see....

      saliem - 2011-05-17 20:46

      Allrightythen... pick a number and join the FAR Q :P

      bossie - 2011-05-17 21:23

      Voting for the ANC is like a chicken voting for KFC!!!!!!

      Hardtail - 2011-05-18 06:38

      yes black angel, yes... (best to humour the mentally deficient).

      jwill - 2011-05-18 08:43

      Please, I beg you.....get another icon: it makes you look even more ridiculous than your already mindless comments.

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 20:48

      Shame. He has no one else to talk to, albeit drivel. VIVA DA VIVA!!

      keithy - 2011-05-19 14:04

      "plans in motion"? As your name implies, you are not capable of planning a pissup in a brewery. Typical, you cant get anything by earning it, now you want to take it. Try earn it, it's actually a good rewarding feeling!

      Matt - 2011-05-19 14:04

      You can be glad you're getting Cedarberg...

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-17 21:16

    Eish, i am not to concerned if apparently fit and able voters in the Western Cape ducked Wednesday's queues and forecasts of rain to cast special votes at home. It's da dead people dat vote dat worries me.

      tammi2day - 2011-05-17 21:47

      Yeah, I'm still trying to figure why we needed to distribute 705 million voting papers for a voting population of less than 30 million! Anyone know the answer to this (potentially) pivotal question? Serious answers only please...

      Hardtail - 2011-05-18 06:43

      well, let's see, if you were trying to ensure, that votes are being cast, in your party's favour....then you might need the extra ones, to ensure that those which do not have a x against your party's name can be "corrected"...

  • Babba x - 2011-05-17 21:44

    The so-called IEC is trying to throw a punch at the DA ruled WC. ANC mouthpiece.... Shame

      Hardtail - 2011-05-18 06:44

      and you are really surprised at this stage that anything calling itself "independant" is really VERY dependant on the Goverment?

  • MyPal_Al - 2011-05-17 22:07

    They are only as sick as the terminally ill Shaik

  • bongscyb - 2011-05-17 22:23

    i think the polls are going to speak tomoro....paeties that uses the past to work on peoples emotions are truly visionless... when r r going to stop blaming the past and admit that we are mismanaging municipal and goverment funds and therefore not getting the job done...

      Hardtail - 2011-05-18 06:46

      never going to happen, and the reason is? as one party leader put it "it is not the party, but individuals that let you down".....but when the party leader is one of those individuals...then...what do you do?

  • jwill - 2011-05-18 08:49

    Dear IEC, Apparently registration for special votes at home closed some time how could people forecast back then that we would have bad weather? Anyway....

  • Gail - 2011-05-19 14:09

    Grahamstown - A 102-year-old artist Dorothy "Dimmie" Randell had to climb the steps to the Rhodes theatre polling station to vote in the local government elections in Grahamstown after the Independent Electoral Commission refused to let her cast a special vote at home???????????

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