I wanted to vote, but …

2016-08-17 06:00

LIKE many others I too was excited to make my cross on the voting ballot. My mom and I pulled in, eager to join the queue.

Recollecting fond memories from two years ago, when our family went together to vote. It was mine and my brother’s first time then. We went through the motions of registering beforehand and waiting in anticipation for our first election day. This year was not like that.

To be honest I didn’t even think about checking to see that I was (still) on the voters roll. My mom, however, made sure she was.

We got out the car, noticing that there was no visible SAPS presence like last time. We joined the queue of one, got our IDs scanned and continued to the next official who verified our IDs and checked that we were on the voters roll. I was crossed off, thumb painted and given my ballets. I proudly proceeded to the small cardboard box to make my mark.

My mom meanwhile, continued to ask the official to re-recheck that her name was on the list. Much to her disappointment, it was nowhere to be found. She asked if they would be so kind as to check if her husband’s name was there.

To my shock neither my mom or my dad’s names were present. They informed my mother that she and my dad should have (re-)registered in April. My dad had gone to do just that, but was told there was no need for him to re-register as he would still be registered from two years ago (from when my brother and I registered).

How odd now to find that my brother’s name and my name were still there but my mother’s and father’s name were not? Something unusual I’d say ...

Once we were back home, I was able to load the IEC website through Facebook and locate the SMS number. Just out of curiosity, I sent off our ID numbers to 32810. Guess what, according to the reply we received from the helpful SMS service, my mother and I were both registered at the same voting station. Hmmm, this just keeps getting stranger ...

Either the IEC “los”’ the page with my parents’ name on it or “forgot” to include them. Needless to say, there are two (six) less votes in our district’s voting box.

Bianca bakker Via email


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