News / Africa

South Africans to Vote Wednesday

Ballot boxes await voters as Election officials (background) await their arrival after they opened early for disabled people to vote in Nyanga township before Wednesdays official elections on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, May 5, 2
Ballot boxes await voters as Election officials (background) await their arrival after they opened early for disabled people to vote in Nyanga township before Wednesdays official elections on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, May 5, 2
Peter Clottey
South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is fully prepared to administer the national and provincial elections on Wednesday, says Kate Bapela.

Categorized as “special voting,” sick prospective voters, security officers, and electoral commission officials who will be working on the day of the election, were allowed to vote ahead of Wednesday’s general election.

South Africans abroad were for the first time able to vote at the over 100 embassies in the respective countries they reside.

“South Africans who were casting their ballot overseas or beyond the borders of South Africa have completed the casting of their ballot and so we are happy with the progress. Already, most of the ballot papers are coming to the country to be counted with the rest of the Election Day ballot that will be cast on the 7th of May,” said Bapela.

She said measures have been implemented to ensure the credibility of the vote.

“We are extremely ready because by the time we get to the national results operation center, it’s a clear signal that we are ready to proceed with election. Our officials have been trained also, the result system is ready to upload results that would be coming from voting stations across the country,” said Bapela.

The results of the vote from centers across the country will be counted at the IEC’s national headquarters to determine the final outcome of the entire election, says Bapela.

According to South Africa’s electoral law, the IEC can announce the outcome of an election within 7 days after the conclusion of a vote.

“So we are thinking that around Friday most of the results must have come in and if all goes well, we must release the results over the coming weekend,” said Bapela. “All of these will depend on the ability of our officials to upload the results and to ensure that everything is done in order. So we are hoping that by the weekend, all results should have been uploaded.”

She says election commission officials have been properly trained to administer the vote after promising a well-organized and administered transparent election.

Some analysts worry about possible voter apathy in the upcoming vote. But, Bapela says the electoral body expects a high voter turnout.

“We are hoping that we will have no less than 70 percent. We are hoping that South Africans will come out in their numbers and then use the occasion as well to celebrate 20 years of democracy,” said Bapela.

The latest opinion polls show that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) would win the election despite stiff challenge from opposition parties including the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Clottey interview with Kate Bapela, electoral commission spokesperson
Clottey interview with Kate Bapela, electoral commission spokespersoni
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Lesotho Faces New Round of Violence, Political Crisis

Brutal killing of military officer has sent former leaders back into S. Africa where they're watching anxiously as regional officials head in to try to restore peace More

Video US Diplomat Expects Adoption of Bosnian Massacre Anniversary Resolution

Samantha Power says there's broad consensus about killings in Bosnia's war, but Russia calls resolution 'divisive,' backs UN countermeasure More

America's Most Exotic Presidential Pets

From alligators to bears, the White House has been home to some unusual presidential pets over the years More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: ndaba from: western cape
May 08, 2014 2:14 AM
am happy da win western cape

by: Celuxolo King from: Ranburg
May 07, 2014 6:14 PM
It;s dissappointing to vote 4 ANC even though are stealing our RDP and selling them to Foreigners while we stay on shark

by: Anonymous from: anonymous
May 07, 2014 12:35 PM
Its amazing how everyone complains but still vote for the ANC, people are pathetic, Every party is useless and promises people things to get votes, but when they win, all the promises disappear

by: Besto from: plk
May 06, 2014 11:10 PM
Anc will win this election cos we stil hv so many uneducated/ in zoomer s words nt so clever ppl voting for it .

by: Khehla from: Soweto
May 06, 2014 6:07 PM
The African National Congress is going to win these Elections no matter what, they started 100years ago to be where they are today. Good luck and make us proud once more.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountaini
X
July 02, 2015 4:10 AM
Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.

VOA Blogs