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IEC Commennts On Malfunctioning VMDs And Shortage Of Ballot Papers During Local Government Elections

Pretoria – The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) insits that its new Voting Management Devices (VDMs) work impeccably and are not a reason for worry at this stage.

Reacting to inquiries by the media on Monday during an instructions pointed toward giving a report on the democratic cycle up until now, IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said the 29 000 VDMs the commission had circulated so far to casting a ballot stations were "working admirably and holding up".

His remark comes notwithstanding a few reports having been given the nation over identifying with the gadgets not working ideally.

Besides, some local area individuals have put delays in deciding on the gradualness or breaking down of the VMDs.

Mamabolo yielded that there were a couple of specialized errors.

He further showed that the IEC had acquired up to 40 000 machines before the decisions as a back-up.

In the mean time, in certain pieces of the nation, casting a ballot stations have allegedly encountered a deficiency of polling form papers, while some material showed up after the expected time. Some democratic stations were likewise damaged by delays.

Be that as it may, the IEC says matters encompassing the voting form papers and postponements are being figured out fortuitously.

In the interim, by early afternoon on casting a ballot day, the quantity of people captured for breaking IEC guidelines had not yet been made accessible.

Prior, IEC administrator Glen Mashinini had demonstrated that a managing official in eThekwini Metro was captured after supposedly tampering with checked polling forms into a voting station.

"The matter is presently in the possession of the SAPS. This episode, which didn't influence casting a ballot, is a demonstration of the in-assembled shields in the democratic cycle that likewise incorporate a functioning job for party and autonomous competitor specialists," said Mashinini.

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