The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Limpopo says preparations for next month’s national and provincial elections are at an advanced stage.
Provincial IEC manager, Itumeleng Masenya says ballot papers have been printed and distributed to local IEC officers. Addressing political parties at the provincial Party Liaison Committee meeting in Polokwane, Masenya said 10% additional ballot papers have been printed.
“Limpopo has 2.2 million registered voters and we have printed not less than 2.4 million….We can’t be printing ballot papers on election day.”
The Eastern Cape is historically a difficult province to run an election in. The IEC there says it has contingency plans in place for high risk areas, infrastructure challenges and natural disasters. With 3.2 million registered voters, the Eastern Cape has the third most voters in the country. They will be cast their votes at 4 600 voting stations.
A high number of special votes will cast in rural areas in the Transkei, and the two metros of Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay.
SAPS have been working closely with the IEC and political parties to ensure that hot spots like Sterkspruit and Uitenhage will deliver elections. Municipalities will assist to equip 179 temporary voting stations with water, electricity and toilets, and attend to bad roads.