Escorting of ballot papers to be reviewed

SAPS Commissioner in the Free State, Simon Mpembe. Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi

Escorting of ballot papers in the Free State will be reviewed after police experienced a few delays at some voting stations across the province.

This is according to the provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Free State, Simon Mpembe.

He was speaking at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Results Operations Centre in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

“We need to revise based on situations whereby you might have a delay for 5 or 20 minutes and we decided that on Tuesday, we will try to make all the stations opened. We are also hoping that tomorrow, all the stations will be opened on time. We have been discussing with other IEC officials that on Wednesday we should be opened by 7 o’clock so that people can start voting. Somewhere, somehow as a collective of security forces and the community of the Free State, we have learned how to deal with elections.”

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