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IEC Thanks Voters for Patience in Historic Election

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Addressing attendees at the inauguration, Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, described the ROC as the “beating heart of the democratic process,” a hub where commission members, political party representatives, and media personnel from around the world converge to ensure the integrity of the election process

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The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) took to social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to express its deep appreciation to South Africans who patiently waited in long queues at voting stations across the nation on Wednesday.

On the historic day of the National and Provincial Elections, reminiscent of the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, millions of determined citizens lined up to cast their votes. Despite some initial hurdles, the resilience and dedication of the voters and election officials shone through.

Addressing Challenges at Voting Stations

During a media briefing yesterday afternoon, Masego Sheburi, the IEC Deputy CEO, reassured the public that the commission had swiftly addressed most of the issues reported regarding the delayed opening of some voting stations. The delays were primarily attributed to challenges with voter management devices.

“We ensured that even as the polls closed at 9pm, every citizen who was in line had the opportunity to vote. Onsite security services were vigilant in making sure that all voting and counting procedures were completed safely,” Sheburi said.

In an appreciative post on X, the IEC stated, “To everyone who waited in line to vote, thank you for your patience.”

Acknowledging the Efforts of Election Officials

The commission did not forget to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the thousands of officials and stakeholders who played a crucial role in the success of Election Day. In another post, the IEC shared, “A special thank you to the thousands of IEC officials and stakeholders who made #SAelections24 happen, we see you. We could not have done it without you. It’s your democracy, own it.”

At 2am on Thursday, the first election results began to filter in, marking the beginning of the end of the election process. As of 10:19am today, vote counting had reached 13.99%.

Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, highlighted that the results might take longer to finalise this year because, for the first time, there are three ballot papers instead of the usual two.

Special Votes - IEC
Special Votes – IEC

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