Zille threatens to take IEC to court over shortage of ballot papers


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has threatened to take the Independent Electoral Commission ( IEC ) to court, saying they have proved themselves to be incompetent to run free and fair elections. Zille says some 24 voting stations have run out of ballot papers in parts of Gauteng and Cape Town. She says these are areas where her party has a strong following.

The ANC chairperson in Gauteng, Paul Mashatile, says contingency plans are being made to ensure that there are enough ballot boxes at polling stations. He says the turnout at many stations is more than previously expected. The IEC has given the green light to voting stations experiencing ballot box shortages to go ahead and use special vote boxes.

In Limpopo, some of the voting stations in Moutse are experiencing shortages of ink and stamps. While in Thabakhubedu , voters had to wait after the station ran out of ballot papers. Municipal electoral officer Anga Kabini of Elias Motsoaledi municipality says Moutse is not the only affected area.

Meanwhile, the IEC in the Eastern Cape says no-one is allowed to turn people away outside a voting station. This is after reports that a number of people were turned away at Mt Ayliff, allegedly by ANC officials after their names did not appear on the voters’ roll. Eye witnesses say party cards bearing the face of Jacob Zuma were given to some voters before they walked into the voting stations. ANC’s General Moso at Alfred Nzo region has denied the issuing of the cards. IEC chief Bongani Finca has urged voters to report this to the police at the scene.

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