The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says Free State voting stations have increased from 1320 stations in 2011 to 1523 this year.
IEC’s chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya says the province is ready for the 2014 general elections. He says they are ready for some of the challenges that they will face, transport and services delivery protests, lease disagreements, weather and unrest at temporary voting stations.
IEC says that Mangaung is the only city in the province that will have five mobile voting stations. IEC has made proposals on legislative amendments regarding voting arrangements for South Africans living abroad.
Moepya explains the importance of the amendments that are contained in the Electoral Amendment Bill. He was speaking at the IEC workshop on Friday in Bloemfontein.
“The importance of the bill is to ensure that South Africans who are outside of the country, are for the first time able to register where in countries that they are ordinarily residents for aslong as they have their South African Identity Documents and a valid passport. This is to make sure that they will be able to vote in the elections of the national assembly,” he says.