Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

News: PROVJOINTS commends stability during the past two days of special votes

With Eastern Cape having the highest number of special votes applications, provincial government, through the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (ProvJOINTS) wish to commend the multi-disciplinary teams that worked tirelessly to ensure that stability prevailed across the Province. Though there were sporadic incidents of disruptions, the law enforcement agencies were swift to calm the situations to enable the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials to open polling stations where special votes were to be cast.

Good work was done as well with regards to home visits by IEC officials to register the elderly, the sick and those who could not make the trip to the polling stations for one reason or the other.

All state security agencies and police remain on high alert to quell any undue disruptions and such will be done without any fear or favour, said Provincial Commissioner Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga. “Our roving teams are on high alert to stamp the authority of the State within the confines of the law. We shall not hold back in arresting those who instigate violence, acts of criminality and cause disruption in the election processes. No one has the right to prevent other people from exercising their Constitutional right to cast their votes,” Lt General Ntshinga said.

Source: South African Police Service

News: PROVJOINTS commends stability during the past two days of special votes

With Eastern Cape having the highest number of special votes applications, provincial government, through the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (ProvJOINTS) wish to commend the multi-disciplinary teams that worked tirelessly to ensure that stability prevailed across the Province. Though there were sporadic incidents of disruptions, the law enforcement agencies were swift to calm the situations to enable the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials to open polling stations where special votes were to be cast.

Good work was done as well with regards to home visits by IEC officials to register the elderly, the sick and those who could not make the trip to the polling stations for one reason or the other.

All state security agencies and police remain on high alert to quell any undue disruptions and such will be done without any fear or favour, said Provincial Commissioner Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga. “Our roving teams are on high alert to stamp the authority of the State within the confines of the law. We shall not hold back in arresting those who instigate violence, acts of criminality and cause disruption in the election processes. No one has the right to prevent other people from exercising their Constitutional right to cast their votes,” Lt General Ntshinga said.

Source: South African Police Service

Government on smooth start to the 2019 national and provincial elections

Smooth start to 2019 general elections

Government welcomes the smooth start to the 2019 national and provincial elections. Millions of South Africans have already cast their vote, affirming that our democracy remains strong and vibrant.

We are encouraged that apart from a few exceptions, voting stations around the country started on time, and issues are being addressed as they arise. The South African Police Service, supported by the South African National Defence Force and Metro Police Officers are deployed throughout the country. We commend them for their hard work and dedication.

The vibrant atmosphere at voting stations around the nation is encouraging and we are confident that these elections will build on our history of holding regular, peaceful, and free and fair elections.

Government joins the IEC in encouraging South Africans to keep making their way to voting stations throughout the day and in commending voters for the dignity and patience with which they are conducting themselves.

As part of the control measures of the election process, every ballot paper has to have a validation stamp at the back. Voters are encouraged to ensure that their national and provincial ballot is stamped.

Government wishes to convey our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the IEC official who passed away last night, and of the 67 year old man who died in Tshwane while making his way to a voting station. We also wish to express condolences to the IFP after one of their members passed away in a car crash in KwaZulu-Natal.

Elderly voters are encouraged to approach electoral officers at their voting stations so that they can be ushered to the front of the queue.

To avoid medical emergencies, voters joining queues are advised to take precautions such as drinking water to remain hydrated and should take their prescription medicines.

All Home Affairs offices are open today until 9pm to assist citizens with the necessary documents for voting. The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the total number of temporary IDs issued between the 6th and midday today is 14 292. Voters can call Home Affairs on 0800 6011 90 toll free for more information.

Government reiterates its call that even though voting stations are open until 9pm, voters should take advantage of this public holiday to visit voting stations earlier and throughout the day to avoid bottlenecks near closing time. South Africans who have not yet voted are encouraged to make their way to their voting stations.

Acting GCIS Director-General, Phumla Williams said, Government encourages all South Africans, especially young and first-time voters, to exercise their democratic right to vote. We call on all South Africans to honour our history and continue to strengthen the legitimacy of our democracy.

Source: Government of South Africa

Electoral Commission on early turnout during National and Provincial Elections 2019

Strong early turnout as elections get underway

Election Day got underway to a very positive start at 07H00 today as voting stations across South Africa opened and voters arrived in high numbers to cast their votes in the National and Provincial Elections.

Reports from election operations around the country showed that almost all voting stations opened on time and by 11H00 today large numbers of voters had already cast their ballots.

In scenes reminiscent of 1994, long queues of voters were seen waiting patiently to vote at voting stations throughout the country. The Electoral Commission assures voters that adequate supplies of all materials including more than 60 million ballot papers are available and every voter will be assisted to vote. Traditionally voting queues peak early as voters often seek to vote first thing during the day.

As always there were some challenges reported including instances where election staff failed to report on time for duty and where materials were delivered late. These had all been resolved by 09h00.

The Electoral Commission is sad to report the death of a Deputy Presiding Officer in the Eastern Cape due to illness overnight and extends its condolences to the family.

The Commission has also received reports of an elderly voter who apparently died in a voting station in Elandspoort, Tshwane early today and expresses its condolences to the family. Further details are not yet known.

A vehicle accident involving election staff was reported in the Eastern Cape and fortunately no serious injuries were reported.

A number of challenges relating to access to voting stations due to trenches dug across access roads as part of protest actions were reported but in most cases the South African Police Services, supported by the Department of Transport and municipal services were on standby to quickly resolve these.

By 11H30 today only 17 voting stations remained unopened due to access challenges. 14 of these were in the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The Electoral Commission is working closely with security agencies supported by government departments to open these stations as soon as possible and safe for voters and election staff.

Inclement weather was reported through the southern parts of the country including parts of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State where cold conditions and rain were reported. However, the weather was not bad enough to affect voting operations.

The Electoral Commission has also noted media and social media reports of voters who have attempted or apparently been able to remove the indelible ink mark on their thumbs.

The indelible ink is one of a number of security checks and safeguards built into the election process but the Commission wishes to remind all voters that any attempt to undermine the integrity of the election process � including attempting to remove the ink mark � constitutes electoral fraud and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

The Electoral Commission wishes to thank voters who have already responded to the call to vote and appeals to all remaining voters to make their way to a voting station before they close at 21H00 tonight.

Today is your turn to make your voice heard and to support South Africa’s democracy.

Source: Government of South Africa