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IEC beefs up security due to stolen ballots

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has beefed up security after ballot papers were stolen last Friday (29 July) in Diepkloof, Soweto.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela says the stolen ballots that were recovered will not compromise the integrity of the voting process because the ballots were quarantined. Drivers have been alerted to take extra precautionary measures when transporting voting material. Furthermore, Bapela indicates that the ballots have special security features; each one is unique so it is impossible to use the same ballot once it has been quarantined.

The electoral body is keeping a close eye on the following provinces: Gauteng; KZN; Eastern Cape and the Western Cape because these are big provinces, any incidents or discrepancies occurring will have significant ramifications for the elections.

By Sylvia Mbiti

 

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