2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

IEC W Cape commends 1000s of SA citizens who help run voting stations

Millions of South Africans will take to the polls on Wednesday to cast their vote in the national elections.

Independent Electoral Commission's Western Cape head Rev Courtney Sampson talks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about how ready the commission is for the big day.

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At the moment I am on my way to make sure that the security issues are sorted out. We have a good relationship with security structures and they have been outstanding in assisting us where they can.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Sampson says it's all system go in the Western Cape. He applauded all the 20 000 individuals who will be working at the voting stations across the Western Cape, starting from Monday with special votes, for a job well done.

This is not the IEC doing something for the people, this is South African citizens working for South African citizens for us to have an election.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Those 20 000 people we will be depending on here in the Western Cape are South African citizens and they are going to be preparing this place for us to be able to vote today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Sampson allayed some of the concerns about ballot paper tampering. This stems from an unfounded rumour that only pencils will be provided at voting stations, which leaves room for someone to tamper with the ballots, he explains.

People should not be worried about pencils and pens. The point is, when is anybody going to have time to tamper with the ballot papers?

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

You are going to be putting your ballot paper in a ballot box and that ballot box is going to be sealed and when it is opened it will be opened in front of party agents and observers...

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

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