IEC warns voters not to remove indelible ink or face jail

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JOHANNESBURG - The IEC has warned voters not to remove the indelible ink from their thumbs.

“The Electoral Commission has also noted media and social media reports of voters who have attempted or apparently been able to remove the indelible ink on their thumbs. The indelible ink is one of a number of security checks and safeguards built into election process,” said IEC CEO, Sy Mamabolo.

“The commission wishes to remind all voters that any attempt to undermine the integrity of the electoral process, including attempting to remove the indelible ink constitute an electoral offence, which is punishable upon conviction by sentence of 10-years in jail,” he added.

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Mambolo thanked voters for coming out to vote.

He said voting kicked off on a positive start.

Did you know?

It's a criminal offence to photograph a marked ballot. According to the IEC, this is to protect the secrecy of your vote and that of others. If found guilty of this offence, you could face a fine or up to a year in jail.



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