IEC officials dismissed

TZANEEN

The Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed that one of its presiding officers in Tzaneen area outside Polokwane has been dismissed after using an open bakkie to transport material.

This comes after an alleged ballot box that was found by motorist along the R36 outside Tzaneen on Sunday.

IEC provincial electoral officer in Limpopo Nkaro Mateta has described the presiding officers’ conduct as careless adding that the officer’s disregarded an instruction to use a bakkie with a canopy to transport ballot boxes.

Mateta has also moved to reassures residents that despite the incident, they have nothing to worry about as far as security is concerned.

She added that out of 2978 voting station in Limpopo only 8 could not open and operate due to community disruptions. She said in some areas the voting material was destroyed

She said several cases were opened against perpetrators, she was explaining their state of readiness ahead of the general election.

She said IEC has recorded about 30 cases including the demolishing of posters and on ground fights. She said other suspects have started with a process appearing in courts.

“Contingency plans on electricity are in place should there be load shedding. There is assurance that voting process and counting will not be disrupted. They voting material found on the R36 road in Tzaneen has been retrieved and will be used,” she concluded.

Thapelo Motseo

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