2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Defacing political party election posters can result in jail time - IEC

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has finished its investigations into 51 objections filed against candidates and parties and held a press briefing in Sandton on Tuesday.

Read: 9 million eligible voters did not register - Melanie Verwoerd

IEC Gauteng provincial officer Thabo Masemola speaks to Ray White on The Xolani Gwala Show about the province's readiness for the upcoming election.

We are pleased with the outcome of the ceremony and the pledges made by all 36 political parties who will be contesting for the provincial legislature.

Thabo Masemola, Gauteng provincial officer - IEC

Masemola says it was important for all political parties to make a public pledge to conduct themselves in the spirit of the commission in providing free and fair elections.

So that they inculcate the culture of tolerance. So that where there are no-go areas we deal with them. So that everyone can contest these elections fairly.

Thabo Masemola, Gauteng provincial officer - IEC

He says that according to the electoral code of conduct, defacing political poster is one of the most serious offences and those found guilty of committing such crimes can face a fine or imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Also read: IEC receives objections to 53 candidates across nine political parties

He adds that the electoral court will resolve issues where political parties feel aggrieved.

Masemola believes that the commission is ready for the elections.

I can assure the citizens of this province that our preparations are on track and we have commenced with the distribution of election material.

Thabo Masemola, Gauteng provincial officer - IEC

We have already identified storage spaces for our security material including ballot papers. We have also taken extra measures to provide additional ballot boxes.

Thabo Masemola, Gauteng provincial officer - IEC

Operational hours for May 8 will be 7 am until 9 pm. However, if there are voters in the queue at 9 pm, those voters will be allowed an opportunity to vote, he explains.

Listen below to the full interview:


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