The Independent Electoral Commission has officially opened its National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria.
The centre will be the focal point for monitoring election results and help promote transparency for the elections.
The IEC is calling it an historical contest.
There are 204 political parties, 855 independent candidates and 26.3 million registered voters.
Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC’s) chief electoral officer, Mosotho Moepya says, “All election materials are ready at provincial warehouses for distribution this week and for further distribution for municipal facilities around the country. This includes a 153 000 ballot boxes that we will be using, a 133 000 voting booths, approximately 1.8 million pages of the voters roll.”
Voting venues have been secured, 64% of them at schools – others include community centres and places of worship.
There’ll be 31 mobile voting stations, the majority in KwaZulu-Natal.
Political parties expressed confidence in the IEC, but say they will keep a close eye on activities.
ANC secretary-general Jesse Duarte says, “We are appealing to business sector particularly the retail sector to manage and plan things well so that workers can go and vote.”
DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme says, “On election day, we will make sure that we have party agents at voting stations to make sure there is no dodginess particularly given that this election is very closely contested in the metros.”
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) secretary-general Godrich Gardee says, “We are very excited with the launch and we [are] very confident that we will have the best of the best elections in South Africa for the first time.”
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Bongikosi Dlamani says, “As the IFP we are hoping that for the first time we will have free and fair elections.”
African Christian Democratic Party’s (ACDP) Kenneth Meshoe says, “The preparations are obviously very impressive and we hope the impressions we got today will be what happens on the ground.”
The IEC says it has boosted security in hot spots like Vuwani and other areas in KwaZulu-Natal.
It has also urged voters to update their addresses on voting day.
The national results operations centre will host IEC officials, political parties and the media.
They will all monitor results as they come in from the various voting stations across country.
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