National chairperson of the ANC Baleka Mbete was refused a chance to cast her special vote for the ruling party at the Berario Recreation Centre in Northcliff, Johannesburg, after she “forgot” her ID book at home on Tuesday.
Mbete, who is also National Speaker of parliament, reminded other “ladies” that as they change their handbags, they must make sure their ID books are in the right bags.
“You will not be allowed to vote without your ID. Ladies, as change your handbags tomorrow. Make sure your Green ID Book is in the right bag,” said Mbete on Twitter.
You will not be allowed to vote without your ID.Ladies, as change your handbags tomorrow.Make sure your Green ID Book is in the right bag
— Baleka Mbete (@MbeteBaleka) August 2, 2016
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Mbete’s lapse was an important reminder to South Africans to make sure they have their ID documents with them when they head for the ballot box on Wednesday.
“Without an ID you will not vote, regardless of your position. This is an important reminder to all of us.”
He said Mbete’s documents were carried by support staff and that she thought she had it with her when she left to cast her special vote. The staff member who had her ID was in Pretoria and was asked to bring it, meaning that the Speaker had to wait about an hour to vote.
Kodwa added: “She thought she had an ID with her, there is nothing wrong with that because that happens. The fact that she was not allowed (to vote) shows that the election process is credible. It shows all South Africans, regardless of their standing, would not be able to vote if they do not have their ID with them.”
A special vote allows a registered voter who cannot vote at their voting station on election day, to apply to vote on a predetermined day before election day.
Tuesday was the last day the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) accommodated special votes for local government elections. – African News Agency (ANA)