Johannesburg - The launch of the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) national Results Operation Centre (ROC) marked the final stages of election campaigning, IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula said on Wednesday.
“It is a distinct privilege to welcome you to the launch of what is a significant milestone in the 2014 national and provincial elections electoral cycle,” she said in a speech prepared for delivery at the launch of the national ROC in Pretoria.
“The... ROCs present an opportunity for us to demonstrate the pursuit of transparency in the management of elections.”
It also captured the final stages of the delivery of the elections.
There were 10 ROCs across South Africa, and on election day operations would be managed from the centres in full view of South Africa and the international community.
“The results stream in at the conclusion of voting,” Tlakula said.
“All the activity, including Electoral Commission staff, political parties and the media all set up their operations in the centre until the official results are declared.”
Results would come in from 22 263 voting station, with the IEC ready to deliver excellent service to more than 25 million voters.
“We have planned steadily and consistently with the 29 parties contesting for seats in the National Assembly. We have done the same in provinces with all parties contesting for seats in the provincial legislatures,” she said.
Tlakula praised the long hours invested into the elections by IEC staff and those from political parties part of the national, provincial and local party liaison committees.
The general election will be held on Wednesday, May 7. - Sapa