Cape Town – With the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) investigating the failure of the "indelible" ink used to mark voters' thumbs, enabling illegal double voting, perhaps microchips could be a safer bet in future.
This is of course if South Africans are willing – or could afford – having microchips implanted. About 3 000 Swedes have had a single microchip inserted under their skin, which is as tiny as a grain of rice, so that they would have no need to carry IDs and daily necessities such as key cards and train tickets, Agence France-Presse reported.
The IEC says it will be seeking answers from its supplier about what could have gone wrong with the so-called "indelible" ink pens used in Wednesday's election.
Tender documents show that the IEC awarded a tender worth R2.7 million for the supply of the pens in February last year, Business Insider SA reported.
The supply contract went to Lithotech Exports, a division of the JSE-listed Bidvest, which beat out six other security-product and printing companies.