The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) conducted a major press briefing in Tshwane this Thursday, as they have confirmed it is “all systems go” ahead of the 2019 Elections. With just six days left until South Africans go to the polls, politically-active citizens are at fever pitch.
The “state of readiness” presentation revealed that there are almost 23 000 voting stations ready and waiting to be utilised, as well as over 1 000 temporary structures ready to house our democratic participants.
“Over the coming weekend the final preparations will be made for the opening on Monday of the country’s 22 924 voting stations. This includes the securing of keys and access to voting station venues and the pitching of 1 059 tents where no suitable permanent structures are available.
“As we celebrate South Africa’ 25th anniversary of our first democratic elections, the Electoral Commission calls on all registered voters to participate peacefully and patiently.”
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
The IEC also detailed just how much effort has gone into getting South Africa ready for its sixth round of democratic elections. Some of the numbers are staggering – as you’re about to find out – and we’d like to thank all the officials and volunteers who have worked themselves silly to get this show on the road!
IEC state of readiness – the 2019 Election in numbers:
60 Million ballot papers
The IEC has issued more ballot papers than there are citizens in South Africa. Always nice to have a few spares lying around, isn’t it?
26.7 Million registered voters
With voter turnout likely to be nearer the 70% mark, not all of those registered will take part in the 2019 Elections. However, you can still expect between 16 – 20 million South Africans to cast their vote on Wednesday.
189 000 IEC Officials
What were we just saying about the IEC staff and helpers? Absolute legends, and there are almost 200 000 of them!
56 225 Stationary packs
These will be the pens and pencils that carry South Africa towards its decision. This is an election, not a maths matric exam: There shouldn’t be any need to bring your own equipment.
76 Political parties to choose from
You may have heard there are only 48 to choose from, but that only applies to the national ballot. A total of 38 parties are contesting the elections in a provincial manner only, adding to the already-extensive electoral list.
14 Hours to vote
We’re going to say this loud and clear: VOTING HOURS ARE BETWEEN 7:00 AND 21:00 ON WEDNESDAY 8 MAY.
Two party officials by the IEC ballots
Don’t be alarmed if you see supporters of a certain organisation hanging around at your centre: Each political party can deploy two party agents at every voting station to oversee and monitor the count-up.