CAPE TOWN, March 11– The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in South Africa’s Western Cape Province says it will be fully prepared to deliver free and fair elections when the nation foes to the polls on May 7.
The Provincial Electoral Officer, Courtney Sampson, said here Monday they had started with the training of staff members who would handle the running of the elections. The training will be on-going.
Sampson said the training started on Friday in Strand and then on Saturday in Paarl and Malmesbury. “I visited those areas at the start of the training. And it’s amazing that we get such good people, always prepared to work during election time,” he added.
“And I think it’s just encouraging to engage with people who really want to make a difference in our country and want contribute by ensuring that the elections are free and fair in the voting stations in which they will work.”
Sampson said about 78 per cent of eligible voters in the province had registered for the elections. The provincial electoral officer said they had done exceptionally well in terms of creating opportunities for people who had not registered to vote, to give them that opportunity.
“Of course now the voters’ roll is closed and we are now busy preparing to have the certification of the voters’ roll. We’re looking forward to the elections now.”