CALL CENTRES WE RATE Independent Electoral Commission
I VOTE FOR THE IEC
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.