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Election surveys have margins of error: Fikeni

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni says the media has covered all political parties’ election campaigns fairly ahead of Wednesday’s intense local government elections.

Campaigning will end at six o’clock on Monday morning exactly 48 hours before voting gets under way.

Fikeni has cautioned against depending on election surveys, saying they have margins of error.

“The dependence on the surveys might just prove to be a bit tricky this time around because you’ve seen what has happened in Britain where the surveys had predicted that the Conservative Party would lose. We are entering some new terrain where it is clear that this is a fiercely contested election,” adds Fikeni.

Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed that their voting station in the trouble-torn Mareetsane Village in the North West cannot be used following the violence which started last week which led to the burning of seven classrooms of one school.

Their voting station is a hall which has been attacked. According to the police in North West there was an attempt to burn the hall but only the chairs inside were affected.

Head of IEC in North West Dr Tumelontle Thiba says they will have to erect a temporary structure in the same voting station.

“We are going to try and pitch a tent at the voting station if the station is accessible but if the station is not accessible we might think of moving the voting station to the closest place which is relatively safe we will of course consult with the party liaison committee when we are forced to move the station but we hope that we will be able to pitch a tent at the voting station so that voters can can continue to vote.”

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