Barely 24 hours after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) SA declared itself ready for the record-breaking election, the electoral body has been traumatized by ballot boxes theft in Soweto.
According to IEC, a delivery vehicle carrying ballot papers for next’s week election was flagged down by unknown men; who subsequently made away with the boxes.
As gathered, the incidence took place on Thursday night at Dobsonville in Soweto.
IEC officials said the bandits who made away with the boxes containing ballot papers for Ward 29 and Ward 31 in Johannesburg probably didn’t know what they stole.
“It is unlikely that the perpetrators were aware the boxes contained ballot papers as the vehicles and boxes are unmarked.
…The Electoral Commission and the South African Police Service are working closely in the investigation of this incident,” it noted.
Bandits Still At Large After Ballot Boxes Theft
Meanwhile, the electoral body says the SAPS has already recovered two booklets and found an indeterminate number of others burnt.
It added that the recovered ballots will remain quarantined and contingency measures are already in place to replace these ballots at the voting stations affected as the loss of these ballot papers can mar the integrity of the forthcoming elections.
The numbers of the missing booklets for Ward 29 are 127 – 146 and for Ward 31 are 76 – 113.
Each ballot box has a total of 100 ballot papers.
In the same vein, members of the public who have veritable information about the shameful theft are encouraged to rush down to the nearest police station for report.
All is done and dusted ahead of the much-anticipated elections. The national results operations centre for the 2016 municipal elections has also been launched in Tshwane.
However, the IEC will also be a body to looked up to for credibility and administration of free and fair elections.