2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'When people accuse us of bad planning, they don't know what they talk about'

The counting of the 2019 national elections votes is still underway as South Africans wait in anticipation to see which parties will be representing them in Parliament.

The Independent Electoral Commission head in the Western Cape Rev Courtney Sampson speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the counting process.

He says the final results for the Western Cape might be out by Friday midday.

Sampson commended IEC officials for working tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the elections.

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I think my colleagues have been phenomenal and they continue to amaze me in the way in which they commit themselves.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

I listen to some of the comments made and people accuse us of bad planning, they obviously don't know what they are talking about.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Sampson says as the provincial electoral head, he tries his best to positively receive all the criticism and not to personalise issues.

When people are frustrated, they are frustrated. It doesn't help to get into an argument with them. People expect to be heard and to be taken seriously.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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