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Local government elections 2021: It’s all systems go, says IEC

The Chair of the Electoral Commission (IEC) Glen Mashinini, speaking at the national electoral centre in Tshwane on Sunday night, said it was all systems go for today’s 2021 local government elections and that, despite challenges, they had ended the two day special vote successfully.

Mashinini said 80% of the special votes were cast, and they were pleased that such a large number of special votes were achieved, especially during Covid-19.

The commission was impressed with the high voter turn-out, he said “If you did not manage to vote over the weekend you are welcome to still vote today,” Mashinini said.

The commission urged 26.2 million eligible voters to come out to vote at their respective stations, he said. Voting will start at 7am and stations will close at 8pm.

Voters are reminded to vote where they are registered. Voters must be in the possession of a South African ID book. Each voter in a metropolitan municipality will receive two ballots, one for the political party and the other for the metro. Each ballot paper must be stamped.Those voting in districts will receive three ballots.

“We need to remind voters that it is illegal to take photos of the ballot paper. Voting stations will be safe, police will be in place. Covid-19 protocols will be provided and PPEs will be available to prevent the spread of the virus,” Mashinini said.

“The commission will provide a pen for voters, and voters are encouraged to bring their own pens. The SA Weather Service has advised that we should expect rain across the country.
“In cases where tents are blown away or there is a disruption, the commission has to ensure contingency plans so that the tents can be erected and voting is not disrupted,” he said.

These elections had to be prepared in just 42 days, he said, and applauded all involved. Mashinini said the commission acknowledged that registration details for about 140 000 voters had not been captured or updated before the voters roll was certified for use in this election.

Source: IOL

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