Fri. Nov 22nd, 2019

Elections 2019: South Africa wraps up first day of special vote

special vote iec archbishop desdmond tutuA smooth turnout promises a peaceful procession on Tuesday.

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After what appeared to be a jittery start for the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), things have turned out pretty smoothly on the first day of the elections 2019 special vote process.

The day’s events were marred by reports of ballot boxes that were found on the side of the R63 road near Tzaneen, Limpopo, on Sunday.

However, the IEC’s chairperson, Glen Mashinini, was quick to douse the flames, confirming that these boxes were empty and would not affect the special voting process in the region.

Read“Voter turnout will determine who rules Western Cape” – DA

IEC special vote: Highlights of Day One

Over 770 000 South Africans were expected to cast their special vote between 6 and 7 May, a privilege that was approved by the electoral body in consideration of those who would not be able to cast their ballot on election day.

Hundreds of IEC officials manned the fort at designated voting centres across the country, while others visited the homes of those who, due to health reasons, could not travel to a voting station.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also part of the process. Scores of media personnel and party agents crowded outside his residence as IEC officials processed his vote.

Read2019 elections special vote: Durban ramps up law enforcement amid protest tensions

Here are reactions from other ordinary South Africans on Day One of the specialised voting process:

Read Special voting starts today, here’s what you need to know

Elections 2019: FAQ about special votes

Amid confusion around this specialised process, the electoral body has prepared answers to a list of frequently asked questions.

If you are unsure about the special vote, this information will be useful.

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