On the state of readiness of Eskom to adequately power the election from start to finish, Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) national spokesperson Kate Bapela said: “We’ve begun negotiations with Eskom. We are in discussions. We must be functional.”
She emphasised that planning started 18 months before elections “because the planning is a heightened process”.
Bapela confirmed that when local polling stations experience any kind of disruption and the problem cannot be sorted out at that level, it would be escalated to the provincial officials of the IEC to resolve. About Eskom’s readiness, she said: “They’ll make sure they are functional.”
Eskom’s media desk pointed out that the power utility is part of the planning teams for election as part of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) “with regards to preparations for the elections”. The functionary of the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) is responsible for handling all major national and provincial disasters within South Africa.