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IEC jubilant of the numbers during voter registration weekend

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The final leg of the voter registration has seen the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) beaming with confidence that the November 1 Municipal elections will see a never-before-seen numbers cast a mark on the ballot.

According to Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), yesterday saw 104 000 people registering at centres across the country, with an additional 10 000 going online despite technical glitches that were experienced by the new voter management device (VMD).

“There is great interest by people, and it will be sustained over today (Saturday), Sunday and Monday,” he said.

The online registration system has brought flexibility to the process as it allows for registration to continue beyond the 5pm closing of voting stations.

Mamabolo further expressed both concern and jubilation over the first time use of the VMD, citing teething technical problems in the first two hours of operation, followed by a relatively smooth run.

“We picked up a technical problem in the voter management devices, which are being used on a large scale this weekend. The commission took a conscious decision to bring down the online system in order to resolve a mapping functionality problem.”

Mamabolo also alluded to the system’s ability to operate and capture voter’s registration details in an off-line mode during the times when the system experienced difficulties.

“When we deal with online systems, they have their own types of vagaries which you can never predict 100%, which is why in building our system we made it possible (for it) to function online and off-line precisely because the vagaries that are inherent in an online ecosystem are such that there are things that cannot be predictable,” he concluded.

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