Wednesday, April 22, 2009

IEC faces logistical nightmare

By Cindy Witten
22 April 2009


Activity at the Results Operation Centre (ROC) died down after the Chief Electoral Officer in the Western Cape, Courtney Sampson, addressed the media.

The IEC is facing a logistical nightmare, as voters are now taking to the polls in any voting district, instead of where they registered to vote. This has resulted in long queues and voters having to wait extra long to cast their ballot.
“At the moment, what we’re trying to do, is just to manage this uncomfortable, unhealthy environment, where people have to stand in long queues and get agitated and ensure that we manage the conflict,” said Sampson.

Because of additional voters pitching up at various stations, some stations are faced with stationery shortages, including the lack of ballot papers. This means that the IEC has to deliver extra ballots to polling stations.

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