CALL CEN­TRES WE RATE In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion


Finweek English Edition - - Cover - ILSE OP­PER­MAN

LATE LAST SUN­DAY af­ter­noon, it struck me like a bomb – I hadn’t gone to check whether I’m reg­is­tered to vote. Hav­ing to phone the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) to find out about my regis­tra­tion sta­tus felt like pre­par­ing to climb a high moun­tain on a full stom­ach. On one leg. It gnawed at me un­til Tues­day morn­ing, when I hes­i­tantly called 0800 11 8000.

I feel I must humbly con­fess and apol­o­gise. How could I ever have doubted the IEC’s abil­ity? Though I reg­is­tered years ago my ID book had been stolen and I missed one elec­tion. But here was the re­ply: You are reg­is­tered to vote at so and so in the city of Jo­han­nes­burg, etc.

It felt as if I were strolling through a park with lush gar­dens on a cool spring af­ter­noon, with a bab­bling stream close by.

Just to make sure it wasn’t a lucky shot, I phoned again. That was much eas­ier than de­cid­ing be­tween the old (new) ANC, the new (old) splin­ter group and the Demo­cratic Al­liance. I spoke to a con­sul­tant, who set my mind at ease over the prob­lem of some squat­ter with my ID and then left me with a “Have a won­der­ful day”.

And just to dou­ble check whether the IEC is al­ways on its toes, I fol­lowed up the process on its web­site. It was the same thing: You type in your ID num­ber and a code and be­fore you can say Zuma-ZilleShikota you have your an­swer.

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