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Change of LGE system will lead to logistical nightmare: IEC

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says there will be a logistical nightmare if the Local Government Election system is changed to allow voters to cast their ballots anywhere in the country, if they are outside their voting districts on Election Day.

Media workers, police and health workers are required to work on election day, even if it is declared a public holiday.

The IEC says there are close to 5 000 different ballot papers for the municipal elections.

The Commission’s Deputy Chairperson , Terry Tselane says, “On the day of Local Government Elections, we have got 4649 different ballot papers, so if you are registered in Johannesburg in a particular ward, your ward is going to be different from a person who is in Kimberley.”

“Now if you were to be given a ballot paper for an area where you come from, it would mean that we would have to chase people around with ballot papers relevant for their different areas and I think that would be almost impossible.”

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