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Parliament satisfied with IEC preparations

Parliament - Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the preparatory work done by the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) for the May 7 polls.

The IEC briefed the committee on its preparations for the country's fifth democratic national and provincial elections.

“The committee is satisfied that the IEC is well-prepared for the elections and that South Africa is election-ready,” stand-in committee chairman André Gaum said.

“We are confident that we will have another sterling example of free and fair elections, especially as we celebrate 20 years of our democracy.”

The committee welcomed the registration of over 25 million South Africans - about 80 percent of the voting population.

“This proves to the committee that the majority of South Africans take the responsibility of voting, given to them by the Constitution, seriously,” Gaum said.

The role of the media in providing fair coverage of all political parties was also acknowledged.

“To this end, the committee welcomes the fact that the IEC has made provision for media and political parties to access the IEC systems to view scanned result slips online. This will help ensure transparency.”

Sapa

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