The Commission has urged communities not to engage in any civil unrest, protests or demonstrations which may impact on electoral operations taking place from Monday 6 May 2018 – 8th May 2019.
With the country’s 22 924 voting stations set to open over the next three days for special voting and Election Day, the Electoral Commission has appealed for a reduction in political activities to allow space for voting to take place peacefully.
At all times any hindrance or obstructions in the work of the Commission in the exercising of its duties is prohibited. The Electoral Act (73 of 1997) also specifically prohibits political meetings, marches, demonstrations or any other political event taking place on voting day. It also prohibits strikes and lockouts in the public transport and telecommunications sectors.
The Commission has also cautioned voters against disinformation and fake news reports designed to undermine the smooth election process after rumours surfaced this weekend that state pension payments would be delayed this week.
Complaints of misconduct
The Electoral Commission has received a number of complaints of electoral misconduct. The allegations range from:
- minor improprieties such as the use of unsavoury epithets to blatant calls to violence;
- provocation and prankishness to outright acts of disinformation and the destruction of posters of opponents;
- offering inducements to vote for a party to threats against the rights of workers to vote;
- false statements to puerile name calling
How to make your mark
Voters must take with them their green barcoded ID documents, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate in order to vote. No other form of ID is accepted. The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that its offices will be operational between 08h00 and 19h00 on the 6th and 7th May and between 07h00 and 21h00 on 8 May 2019 to assist voters to obtain temporary ID certificates and or collect their smartcard IDs.
Voters can check their voting station location by SMSing their ID number to 32810 (R1) or can reach the Contact Centre on 0800 11 8000 for all enquiries regarding the elections.
The Contact Centre will operate extended hours this week from 8am to 7pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 7am to 9pm on Election Day.
Note: Special voting takes place on Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 5pm, and voting on election day 8 May takes place from 7am to 9pm.
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