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Polling station not the pace to protest

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Expect to see manifesto launches and rallies as the ANC starts fighting back against revelations at the Zondo Commission and puts forward its “new dawn” agenda

Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

THE INDEPENDENT Electoral Commission (IEC) has released details from the final voter registration weekend, an opportunity to capture more than 700000 new voters on the roll for the May general and provincial election.

While the registration drive went well on the whole, it is unfortunate that, at a number of stations, ordinary citizens were prevented from checking their details or denied the chance to register because of protests.

Around the country, including at Holpan near Barkly West in the Northern Cape, disruptions at informal settlements centred on access to housing and service delivery, while in some areas bad weather prevented voters from getting to outlying stations.

While one must sympathise with those on endless waiting lists or fed-up with the lack of services in their communities, a registration or polling station should not be the place to demonstrate such grievances.

With the election date due to be announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa soon – possibly during his State of the Nation address next week – political parties will be in full swing with electioneering, and parties should explain at election meetings just what it is they plan to do to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans.

Expect to see manifesto launches and rallies as the ANC starts fighting back against revelations at the Zondo Commission and puts forward its “new dawn” agenda.

Both the DA and the EFF will want their parties to make the most of the time remaining to shore up support and build a strong resistance to not only the ANC, but also one another.

We should hold on to our seats as we are in for an interesting ride.