PROVINCIAL chairperson for IEC, Dr Tumelontle Thiba said they have received a low turnout at Tlokwe. Thiba said they encouraged people to come out and rectify their addresses as Concourt ordered.
“We have received only 2.2% turn out. We have 25 000 voters who were supposed to come and rectify their addresses. Our field workers were provided with necessary training.
“They also visited voters to engage with them. However our offices were opened on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. The objective was to assist those registered voters to verify their addresses,” Thiba said.
She also said they are ready for local government comes August 3.
North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo said that government entities like Sassa, local government and human settlements and social development departments will assist the provincial electoral commission (IEC) to get necessary addresses before the August 3 elections.
The IEC was ordered to correct its voters roll for Tlokwe following a court challenge that threatened to mar the local government elections.
“We want fair, honest and free elections. So we will assist IEC to get required addresses for our voters. The constitutional court ordered that the local government elections should go ahead as scheduled.
“However, the same court ordered the IEC to rectify address issues in Tlokwe. We want to make sure that the elections run smoothly with no hindrances. We have entrusted IEC and we believe is the independent body. We will make sure the integrity of the authority is protected and restored. It is one of the most important institutions in our country,” Mahumapelo said.
Independent mayoral candidate in Tlokwe, David Kham said: “We blame IEC for the low turnout. The IEC is so incompetent. They trained 300 field workers to assist in rectifying addresses. So we expect them to visit the people if they do not come to the voting stations. The demarcation issue between Ventersdorp and Tlokwe also played a role. Many people are registered at wrong voting district stations.” Kham said.
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