To remove an indelible ink on your thumb in an attempt to vote twice make up a criminal offense, warns IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo.
Mamabolo said attempting to remove the ink mark constitute electoral fraud.
“The indelible ink is one of several security checks and safeguards built into the election process.
The Commission wishes to remind all voters trying to undermine the integrity of the election process including attempting to remove the ink mark makes up electoral fraud. It is punishable by up to 10 years in jail, “said Mamabolo.
The Chief Electoral Officer was responding to social media allegations that some people were trying to remove the ink to vote twice.
He however, said Election Day got off to a positive start at 07h00 today [Wednesday] as voting stations across South Africa opened.
Mamabolo said voters arrived in high numbers to cast their votes in the National and Provincial Elections.
He said reports from election operations around the country showed that almost all voting stations opened on time,
By 11h00 large numbers of voters had already cast their ballots.
“In scenes reminiscent of 1994, we saw long queues of voters waiting patiently to vote at voting stations throughout the country.
The Electoral Commission assures voters that adequate supplies of all materials including over 60 million ballot papers are available and it will help every voter to vote,” added Mamabolo.
Voting queues peak early as voters often seek to vote first thing during the day.
As always, said Mamabolo there were some challenges reported including instances where election staff did not report on time for duty and where voting materials arrived late.
But by 09h00 officials were able resolved these.
Over 26.7 million South Africans are expected to vote to elect the country’s sixth administration after the dawn of democracy today.