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IEC to create a better environment for free, fair elections in W Cape

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape says it has gone the extra mile to create an environment for free and fair elections in the province.

For the first time, a panel of experts has been set up to advise it on how to deal with conflict and challenges in potential hotspots in next month’s municipal elections.

Speaking on the IEC’s elections preparations, Provincial Chief Electoral Officer, Courtney Sampson, says people with special knowledge of specific areas have been appointed to the panel.

He says they will be able to intervene swiftly should the need arise.

“We need to be in touch with issues of gangsterism if they occur. There will be incidents of sporadic incidents around taxi violence and there will also be community protests around service delivery issues. So we need to keep an eye on that and be as prepared as we possibly can.”

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