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IEC says there has been an increase in special vote applications

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says all logistic preparations are on track for the upcoming local government elections on the third of August. IEC officials were briefing the media about the state of readiness for next month’s elections on Wednesday.

 

Speaking in Centurion, IEC CEO Mosotho Moepyasays there has been an increase in the number of applications for special votes. 

“The electoral commission notes that the increase in the applications for special votes is an encouraging sign of significant voter interest, but it is also a reflection of the simplification and accessibility of the application process. Over 95 000 applications of the special votes applications were received online. And over 208 000 were received via sms. This is 28%.” 

The electoral body says ballot papers have already been printed and delivered to North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape while other provinces will receive theirs over the coming weekend. 

IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, has condemned the recent election-related violence. 

“This upsurge in the violence in certain areas of our country, especially in KZN and in Mpumalanga, is something that we find a loathsome attempt to disrupt the campaigning for the upcoming elections.”

Meanwhile, IEC in the Free State says it is all systems go for the upcoming municipal elections. The Commission outlined its plans during a media briefing in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. 

It says it has managed to resolve all grievances lodged by political parties. Political parties, including the African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and African Independent Congress- will contest 309 wards in the province. 

“Twenty of the political parties are going to contest these elections of which eight of them are newly registered. Eighty three have registered as independents which is quiet positive taking into cognisance that we are a multiparty democracy,” says Provincial Electoral Officer, Jabulani Tshabalala.

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