IEC ready for 2019 ELECTIONS

2019-05-08 06:02
Staff from the IEC office in Greytown. photo: andile sithole

Staff from the IEC office in Greytown. photo: andile sithole

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THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed that it’s all systems go for the 2019 general elections, taking place today, May 8.

Scores of people are expected to cast their votes at various voting stations around the country.

Special votes commenced on Monday and Tuesday for those voters who had applied for special votes.

IEC provincial manager Ntombifuthi Masinga said: “We are ready for the 2019 elections.

“As special votes commenced on May 6 and May 7, we are quite comfortable that everything is ready for the elections.

“According to our voters roll, we have more than five million registered voters. We have prepared more than six million ballot papers.”

Speaking on the impact the recent flooding in various parts of KwaZulu-Natal will have on the voting process, Masinga said: “The Department of Home Affairs and municipalities, in conjunction with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and other government departments, assisted flood victims to apply for temporal IDs.

“Voters can vote anywhere in the country because this is local government elections.”

Masinga urged all political parties to be tolerant during the elections.

“We also urge community members to come out in numbers to vote on May 8.

“Political parties must tolerate each other,” Masinga added.

Current registration figures in Umvoti show that there are 351 378 registered voters. Of this, about 28 000 consist of youth between the ages of 18 and 29.

One of main concerns as the Commission is the fact that only 6 000 of the registered young people are made up of first-time voters.

The local IEC office said IEC officers embarked on outreach programmes, visiting schools to urge pupils to vote in this election.

All voting stations throughout the country will be open on both days to assist potential voters.

Masinga advised voters to visit the voting stations early to avoid long lines at the centres, adding: “This will help us to close the voting stations at 9pm.”

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