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Some voters still undecided

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While others still are already wearing party T-shirts and are publicly proclaiming their support for the party of their choice on social media

READY: The IEC operations centre at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre is ready for the 2019 general elections that will take place tomorrow. Picture: Danie van der Lith

WHILE voters will be spoilt for choice as they head to the polls tomorrow to choose their incoming provincial and national leaders, some citizens are still unsure where to place their crosses on the ballot papers.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) there are 48 parties that have registered parliamentary candidates for the national general elections – 19 more parties compared to the last elections.

Following the 2014 general elections, the ANC received 20 Northern Cape Provincial Legislature seats (64.4 percent of the vote), the DA clinched seven seats (23.89 percent), the EFF won two seats (4.96 percent), while Cope managed to retain one seat in the legislature.

Some city residents indicated yesterday that they could do without “greedy” politicians.

“They are just trying to secure jobs for themselves over the next five years. Once they are in power, they are not interested in our troubles.”

Others said that voting for a smaller party was “a waste of a vote”.

While others still are already wearing party T-shirts and are publicly proclaiming their support for the party of their choice on social media.

Despite the recent spate of service delivery protests in Dikgatlong municipal districts and upheavals in Phokwane Municipality related to internal factions at play at the local authority, people on the ground stated that there was relative calm in the area.

“It appears as if everyone is waiting until the elections are over, until they decide on the next course of action.”

Holpan, however, remains on tenterhooks, where residents have complained about unresolved service delivery issues and by-elections could not take place earlier this year.

The IEC will be operating 707 voting stations throughout the Province tomorrow, with voting taking place from 7am until 9pm.

IEC provincial manager Elkin Topkin said that there were 626 171 registered voters in the Northern Cape.

“There is an increase in the number of voters since the last elections. The IEC had a major drive to attract youths and we are hoping that they will turn up at the polls.”

He indicated that inmates would be able to vote at Correctional Services facilities.

Topkin said that all political campaigning had to cease by midnight tonight.

He added that there were some red-flagged areas where possible disruptions could occur in the Province.

“We sent out a conflict resolution panel to Holpan in an attempt to convince them to allow voting to take place. Mining areas in Kleinsee, Alexander Bay and Ekapa mine could prove to be problematic as there are informal miners with unresolved conflicts who may use the elections for their own agendas.”

Topkin said that one of their vehicles had to be sent to the Upington area after an election official was involved in an accident in Rietfontein.

“He is in a stable condition in hospital. The stations in the district are between 50 to 60 kilometres apart.”

Special voting started yesterday without any major hiccups and Topkin indicated that anyone who was unable to fill in a ballot form during the special voting yesterday, would still have an opportunity to do so tomorrow.

“If the voter is not at home at the time of the home visit, a pamphlet will be left at the house advising them to vote at their respective voting station.”

He encouraged citizens to cast their votes before the 9pm cut-off time.

“We will assist anyone who is still in the queue. Although it is a public holiday, we are aware that some businesses cannot close. Employers must provide their employees with time off to vote. The entire voting process should take an average of seven minutes.”

Voters are reminded to bring a green bar-coded identity document or ID smart card along.

National list

African Security Congress

Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats

African Christian Democratic Party

African Congress of Democrats

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Democratic Change

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African Renaissance Unity Party

African Transformation Movement

Agang South Africa

Al Jama-ah

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People’s Organisation

African People’s Convention

Better Residents Association

Black First Land First

Capitalist Party of South Africa

Christian Political Movement

Compatriots of South Africa

Congress of the People

Democratic Alliance

Democratic Liberal Congress

Economic Emancipation Forum

Economic Freedom Fighters

Forum for Service Delivery

Free Democrats

Front National

GOOD

Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

Land Party

Minority Front

National Freedom Party

National People’s Ambassadors

National People’s Front

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Patriotic Alliance

People’s Revolutionary Movement

Power of Africans Unity

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African Maintenance and Estate Beneficiaries Association

South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities

United Democratic Movement

Freedom Front Plus

Women Forward

The following parties are contesting at provincial level only:

Aboriginal Khoisan (Northern Cape)

Khoisan Revolution (Northern Cape, Western Cape)