For those who will be making their mark for the first time in Wednesday’s local government elections, rounded up here is the most important information on how the process will flow in a step-by-step guide, the Zululand Observer reports.
When you arrive at your voting station, election officials will look at your ID and check your name on the voter’s roll.
The same officials will then place an ink mark on your left thumb – it’s a special ink that won’t wash off for a few days to show everyone you participated.
Remember, you can only vote at the station where you are registered.
It is important you check if your ballot papers are stamped on the back.
Placing your “X” next to the ward councillor and political party of your choice is next. If you make a mistake, call an IEC official who will give you a new ballot paper, and remove the spoiled one.
After that, fold your paper in half and drop it into the relevant ballot boxes.
In this election, if your address does not appear on the voters roll when you arrive to vote, the IEC will ask you to fill in a form just before you head out. This is to capture each and every voter’s address.
To wrap it all up, take a selfie with your inked thumb or outside the voting station and share it via social media using the hashtags #ivoted, #2016MunicipalElections – but remember, do not take a photo of your ballot paper as it is illegal to do so.
Many who cast special votes yesterday already took to Twitter to show that they had voted:
— Dad in Training (@DadToBeAdvice) August 2, 2016
— ManqobaCNtshingila©® (@chiefntshingila) August 2, 2016
— Philanthropy in SA (@Philanthropisa) August 2, 2016
– Caxton News Service