IEC ready for 2021 Municipal Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission launched its National Results Operation Centre in Tshwane on Monday. eNCA's Silindelo Masikane was there. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo says this year's municipal elections are highly contested, with over 95,000 candidates taking part.

The Commission launched its National Results Operation Centre in Tshwane on Tuesday.

The N-ROC is the hub for election monitoring and results.

WATCH: IEC launches results operation centre

IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini said all measures are in place to ensure transparency during next week's local government elections.

He added that the results -- which will be announced on 4 November -- cannot be rigged.

Mamabolo said the voters roll for the 2021 municipal elections covers 69.7 percent of the population.

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The majority of registered voters are in Gauteng and most voters on the roll are in their 30s.

Mamabolo also said that, unlike national elections, you can only vote at the station you're registered at.

He said this is to ensure there is no voter fraud.

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"In this election, every voter will vote at the voting station in which they are registered. There is no legal possibility to vote anywhere else.

"We, therefore, encourage every registered voter to remain within their voting district in order to access the voting opportunity we are providing.

"So those who may want to take a long weekend and go elsewhere, we discourage you from doing so. Stay within your VD because you can't vote elsewhere, you may only vote in the voting station in which you are registered," he said.


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