The South African Electoral Commission Says The Country Is Prepared For The Upcoming Polls.

The South African Electoral Commission Says The Country Is Prepared For The Upcoming Polls.

South Africa is preparing for Wednesday’s historic general election, despite “orchestration to undermine the credibility of the outcome” following videos circulated over the weekend that raised concerns about the process’s transparency.

Almost a million votes have already been cast in special voting, which allows those unable to vote on Wednesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, and according to the IEC, more than 27 million voters have registered in the country of 60 million.

At the briefing, Sy Mamabolo, Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission, stated that “in this election there’s a clear orchestration to undermine the credibility of the outcome.” He was referring to videos of an incident in the Eastern Cape province involving a truck carrying electoral.

The videos you saw over the weekend are not an accident, but it’s a clear, orchestrated endeavor to say that this election could not have been free and fair, even before they happened,” Mamabolo said. Mamabolo also stated that any turnout above the 66% recorded in 2019 “will be satisfactory.

The ruling party, the African National Congress, is for the first time facing the possibility of losing power, with several polls putting their support at less than 50%. If they are unable to obtain more than 50% of the vote, they will have to form a coalition with other parties if they want to reelect President Cyril Ramaphosa under the country’s parliamentary electoral system.

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