Independent.Impartial

HEADLINE NEWS
  • IEC expects to release election results by Sunday
  • The first result of the 2024 elections has been released from the Bizana Baptist Church in the Eastern Cape
  • With 20 voting districts declared, the ANC still tops the list of votes on the national ballot
  • Gauteng Police say 16 elections-related arrests have been made since the poll date proclamation
  • Counting of ballots continues, albeit slowly, as only 0.57% of Voting Districts have been declared (133 out of 23 293)
  • The majority of voting stations closed late last night due to long queues: IEC
Motlanthe dismisses polls indicating an ANC decline

Motlanthe dismisses polls indicating an ANC decline

Reading Time: < 1 minute

 Former ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has dismissed polls as only the sentiments of a small group.

This after IPSOS released its latest poll which sampled over 2 500 registered voters. From this sample, only 40.2-percent indicated that they would be voting for the ANC.

This, as pundits already predict that the governing party may lose its majority at the May polls.

Motlanthe was in Ekurhuleni for the party’s campaign to woo voters as the country prepares for elections.

“The polls only capture sentiment at a particular time, sentiment of voters. They are not a prediction. As we know, in terms of research, the size of the sample community is very important because if the sample is small then the margin of error is also bigger but our understanding is that polls sentiment of the electorate at a particular time and it also depends on the question that’s been put to them.”

 

Applications for special votes extended to midnight

Applications for special votes extended to midnight

Reading Time: < 1 minute

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has extended the deadline for online applications for special votes to midnight.

The IEC says in a statement that it has been receiving a large number of applications today.

It says the extension of the deadline from 5pm this afternoon to midnight will not affect preparations for the elections.

The Commission adds that there are two categories of special votes affected by the deadline.

The first category relates to home visits for registered voters who are infirm or have impaired mobility and need to be visited at home to vote.

The second category is for any registered voter who wishes to vote early.

There is no specific age-based classification for a special vote.

Meanwhile, the IEC has once again distanced itself from a widely circulated message, claiming that it has granted permission for everyone over the age of 60 to cast a special vote on the 27th and 28th of this month at the polling station where they are registered.

 

IEC encourages active citizenry starting at school level

IEC encourages active citizenry starting at school level

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commemorated schools Democracy Week at the Pace Commercial College in Jabulani, Soweto on Monday. This an annual programme done by the department in partnership with the IEC to encourage active citizenry among young learners throughout the country.