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621 voting stations will be open for special votes in the Province

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The voting stations will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 60 000 voters have been registered to cast special votes for the local government elections this weekend. File pic

A total of 621 voting stations in the Northern Cape will be open on Saturday and Sunday for voters to cast special votes for the local government elections.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC) provincial electoral matters manager Elkin Topkin said special votes would take place from 8am until 5pm this weekend.

“There are 60 000 registered special voters. We will conduct over 32 000 home visits and have put 1 100 teams in place to process all applications.

“The respective voting stations will also be open between 8am and 5pm for those registered for special votes.”

He advised residents to remain at home until they had voted.

“IEC officials will not return if the voter is not at home at the time, as this will create a logistical nightmare. Those who have missed home visits will have to vote on Monday as home visits cannot be converted into station visits for special votes. Once a vote has been cast, the voter’s name is marked off the voters roll to prevent double ballots.”

He added that it was up to the homeowner, to permit political party agents that were accompanying IEC officials for transparency purposes, into their homes during home visits.

Topkin stated that there were 623 000 voters registered on the voter’s roll and 728 voting stations in the province.

“On Monday voting stations will be open from 7am until 9pm. No late voting will be allowed, unless voters are already standing in the queue at the cut-off time.”

He indicated that all voting stations were Covid-19 compliant.

“All the necessary personal protective equipment is in place. Queue walkers will ensure that there is social distancing.

“All staff have undergone training and are thoroughly prepared.”

Topkin said all service providers had been requested to reinforce and weather proof tent voting stations.

“According to the weather forecast, no rain is expected, although there may be strong winds.”

He added that conflict coordinators would assist with any electoral disputes.

“We will also utilise the services of the police and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) should the need arise. However, the SANDF should be in the background as the military should not be associated with free and fair election processes. The Northern Cape has been allocated a smaller contingent of SANDF deployees than metropolitan municipalities, to assist with any unforeseen eventualities, although we do not expect any serious incidents to unfold in the province.”

He stated that the Department of Education had agreed that no examinations including Grade 12 national senior certificate papers would be written on Tuesday, should counting not be completed in time.

“This year voters will fill in three ballot papers so counting may take a little longer. Halls or classrooms are usually used at voting venues so the rest of school activities should not be affected.

“By Tuesday we should have a good indication of what the results will be. Affected parties have 48 hours to make any objections.

“Live updates will be captured at the operation centre where figures will be verified by independent auditors.”

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