Low voter turnout sends a strong message on service delivery

14 November 2021 - 00:00 By Ray McCauley

The 2021 local government elections were held under very difficult conditions because of the pandemic. The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) had to organise and deliver a credible election under these conditions. To make matters worse for the commission, it had only 42 days to do so, a challenging and difficult task whichever way you look at it. 

I’m saying this in the context of the criticism levelled at the IEC, some of which is justified and reasonable. Yes, the commission could have done better and been better prepared. How is it possible, for instance, that a couple from the same house were not able to vote together at the same station? Problems such as devices failing to work and some employees not knowing how to use them —  this points to poor training, which is simply unacceptable. Such things should not have happened. ..

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