National 2.8.2016 08:06 pm

IEC staff axed for procedure slip-up

FILE PICTURE: An IEC official scans a green bar coded ID book at a voter. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: An IEC official scans a green bar coded ID book at a voter. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

In two cases where there were more serious breaches, including allowing voters not granted special votes to vote.

Two Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials were fired on the spot today for not following the correct procedure for special votes. Their missteps included not using the double-envelope system and that three voters who had not applied for special votes were granted permission to vote.

“In all three instances the affected ballots have been quarantined and the commission will, after consultation with the national political party liaison committee, determine the way forward.

“In voting stations where procedures were not followed the presiding officers and deputy officers have been issued with warnings,” IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini said.

In two cases where there were more serious breaches, including allowing voters not granted special votes to vote, and failing to secure ballot boxes, the presiding and deputy officers had been summarily dismissed.

He said the two days of special voting had provided the IEC with an opportunity to fine-tune its operations and to deal with any logistical issues.

“Two tents were also burned in an overnight apparent arson attack by disgruntled residents in Freedom Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. These tents have been replaced today (Tuesday) and extra security was arranged. A case had been opened.

“Heavy rains also disrupted special voting in Elliotdale in the Eastern Cape on the first day of the special votes,” Mashinini said.

Strong winds blew over a voting station in KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal and another in Belfast in Mpumalanga, slightly injuring two election officers.

 

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