News / Africa

South Africa Electoral Body Receiving ‘Special Vote’ Application

WASP says it’s strong ahead of the 2014 polls in South Africa, but that the election will be a ‘test run’ for the party. (Courtesy WASP)
WASP says it’s strong ahead of the 2014 polls in South Africa, but that the election will be a ‘test run’ for the party. (Courtesy WASP)
Peter Clottey
South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is receiving applications for a “special voting” privilege from prospective voters who would be allowed to vote before the scheduled May 7 general election date, according to Kate Bapela, spokesperson of the electoral commission.

Officials say April 17 will be the closing date for the submission of the special voting application.

The chief electoral officer will determine whether applicants meet the requirement for the special voting privilege as stipulated in South Africa’s Electoral Act.

Bapela says the categories of applicants who would be considered for approval include the sick, security officers, as well as electoral commission officials who will be working on the day of the election.

“South Africans who won’t be able to vote on 7th of May have an opportunity to make applications or make their case to the chief electoral officer who will then look at their submission, and may approve their request to vote before all of us go to the polls,” said Bapela.

“Special voting can be granted to people who are physically infirmed or handicapped or people who are pregnant, those are the people who cannot travel by themselves to the voting stations. Once that permission has been granted by the chief electoral officer, those who are traveling before the election date will be allowed to vote before they travel,” said Bapela.

She says officials from the electoral commission will visit the homes of sick prospective voters to enable them cast their ballot on Monday 5th May and 6th May between 9am to 6pm local time.

“The second group of people who for some reason would not be at the voting station on Election Day would then go to the station where they are registered. Once they get to the voting station, they would then be assisted on either Monday the 5th or Tuesday the 6th of May,” said Bapela. “This is to ensure that they don’t miss any opportunity to go and cast their ballot.”

Bapela expressed confidence that the electoral commission would be fully prepared to administer the May vote. She said measures have been implemented to ensure the credibility of the vote is not compromised.

“We are already doing the dry run for the results system. This is the system where the results would be uploaded from every polling station in the country. We are already testing that system, and we are already planning the training for journalists and political parties on what should be their level of understanding of the results system.”

She says the electoral body has been distributing electoral materials to all polling centers across the country in readiness for the May vote.

“For the voting officials we have got a special T-shirts to ensure that they get identified by the public. So, really we are at a high peak in terms of election preparations because as it is we are less than a month away from the 7th of May,” said Bapela.
Clottey interview with Kate Bapela, electoral commission spokesperson
Clottey interview with Kate Bapela, electoral commission spokespersoni
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnelsi
X
July 24, 2014 4:42 AM
The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video MH17's 'Black Boxes' Could Reveal Crash Details

The government of Malaysia now has custody of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was hit by a missile over Ukraine before crashing last week. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports, the so-called black boxes may hold information about the final minutes of the flight.
Video

Video Living in the Shadows Panel Discussion

Following a screening of the new VOA documentary, "AIDS - Living in the Shadows," at the World AIDS conference in Melbourne, a panel discussed the film and how to combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid