IEC Puts Few Unfortunate Incidents Under Control


The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is investig

Apparently a group of knife-wielding men confronted electoral officials who were conducting home visits in Giyani, Limpopo and confiscated 93 unused provincial ballot papers that they allegedly destroyed. The South African Police Services (SAPS) were quick to respond and two suspects have been arrested and are now in police custody.

In another incident a Deputy Presiding Officer from a voting station in Benoni, Ekurhuleni was removed following an investigation into a video clip that went viral showing a party agent assisting the electoral officer with the transfer of special votes.

“The commission will ultimately make a decision on whether these votes are included in the count or not”, said the Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo

A pack of three unused ballot boxes were found on the side of the road in Tzaneen, Limpopo; preliminary investigations shows that the pack was lost during transportation by the area manager. According to the Commission’s CEO area manager responsible has been put on suspension pending an internal disciplinary process. The ballot boxes were recovered by SAPS and returned to the IEC.

The Commission appreciates the efforts of party agents and voters who are assisting in monitoring the election process and in bringing the incidents to the Commission’s attention.

ating few reports of the double envelope system not being used in some of the special voting which allegedly took place on the first day of special voting on Monday and some ballot papers were reportedly not stamped as they are supposed to.

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