IEC constantly engaging with communities to ensure voter safety on election day

Service delivery protests have flared up in various parts of the country in the run-up to the May 8 elections, as people draw attention to the unaddressed issues in their communities.

On Weekend Breakfast, Africa Melane asks the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) Courtney Sampson how the Commission is preparing to deal with potential hotspots come election day.

The provincial electoral officer explains that staff are involved in ongoing engagement with communities, community leaders and political parties.

Sampson says the IEC works on building a relationship of trust with communities.

We speak to the community leadership who themselves have got leaders who may or may not be connected to a political party, in order to speak through the issues that we are able to raise on their behalf and make them heard as well.

Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral official - IEC

Any informal settlement or disadvantaged community is potentially an environment that we must watch carefully and engage with on a regular basis.

Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral official - IEC

We also meet with political parties on a regular basis to engage with them.

Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral official - IEC

Sampson says plans to deal with security issues have always been an integral part of the IEC's election preparation.

Managing the security environment around elections is fundamentally part of planning for elections

Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral official - IEC

We work with the South African police services and all the other security structures that are available to ensure the security of voters.

Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral official - IEC

To hear more about the election preparations, listen below:


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