Voting stations re-open in Tlokwe, Ventersdorp
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:35:01
Voting stations at the amalgamated Tlokwe and Ventersdorp municipalities in North West re-opened on Friday.
This is part of efforts to ensure that voter addresses are verified following a Constitutional Court ruling.
In 2015, independent candidates took the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to court over the verification of addresses on the voters’ roll. Consequently, the Constitutional Court set aside Tlokwe by-elections earlier in 2016.
According to the court, the commission had to ensure that voters’ addresses appear on the voters roll.
Residents of Tlokwe are expected to visit the voting stations around Tlokwe and Ventersdorp to verify their addresses.
The IEC has also engaged other stakeholders such as parliament for advice on how to deal with the matter.
Though the African National Congress (ANC) in the municipality has welcomed the initiative, independent candidates say the commission is still facing a mammoth task on verifying the addresses.
However, the IEC says it will also use all the modes of communications including social networks.
The commission is left with eight days only to ensure the implementation of the Constitutional Court ruling.
By Thursday, only 9 000 out of 26 000 voters had loaded their addresses in the municipality