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Mamabolo defends IEC by saying people couldn’t vote at the wrong voting stations

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By Thys Khiba

Johannesburg – In response to complaints over the Electoral Commission (IEC) new voter management devices, the commission said they have made the voting process more efficient.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo says they compelled by a ConCourt decision that said people needed to vote in their wards.

This is after some voters were left frustrated after not being able to cast their ballots, largely due to their names not appearing on the voters’ roll.

“Looking at it now, the operational proficiency of our staff in the voter management device was not at a level one would have loved. So continued training would be a good investment,” said Mamabolo.

Mamabolo continued to say that in local government elections, based on the address people gave, they have to vote in the ward you are a resident.

“You may have voted at a particular voting station for years, but we have now a ConCourt decision that says in local government elections, make sure that people do not vote outside of the wards in which they live,” said Mamabolo.

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The Sandton Fire Station voting station in Sandton during the voting day, 1 November 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

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