Government to report on election readiness

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) will on Monday brief media in Vuwani, Limpopo, on the state of readiness by the South African security agencies to secure the 2016 Local Government Elections.

The chairperson of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS), Dr Sam Gulube and the Acting National Police Commissioner, Kgomotso Phahlane, will conduct an assessment of the preparations ahead of the elections.

Among the sites to be visited is a high-tech National Joint Operations Centre in the Vuwani area. Government, through the JCPS Cluster, continues to ensure that all measures are in place to ensure a safe and secure election.

About 100 000 officers will be on election duty. Over 50 000 police officers will be on duty at voting stations across the country, while the rest will be mobile so that they can respond to situations if the need arises. Police will also be deployed to known hotspots.

The police have made several arrests in relation to alleged political killings and other political violence in various parts of the country leading up to the 3 August municipal elections.

Government has also warned that it will not tolerate actions aimed at disrupting the elections or disenfranchising voters.

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has officially opened the National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria and is ready for business.

The IEC has 26 333 3535 million voters on the voters’ roll. This is approximately 77 percent of the eligible voting population.

The IEC also received a record number of special vote applications of over 740 000, which is three times that of 2011.

Source: Government Communication and information System