Gi­gaba un­veils IEC reg­is­tra­tion bud­get

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Politics - DENNIS CRUYWAGEN den­nisc@afro­

WITH an elec­tion due next year, the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) does not have enough fund­ing for two na­tional voter reg­is­tra­tion week­ends in its 2018­19 bud­get, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba has dis­closed to Par­lia­ment.

Gi­gaba said in a writ­ten re­ply that the over­all short­fall in the 2018­19 fi­nan­cial year was R346m.

“This bud­get short­fall ne­ces­si­tated that funds amount­ing to R211 mil­lion, which was ear­marked for the reg­is­tra­tion week­ends, be repri­ori­tised to ad­dress these crit­i­cal un­funded projects. The re­main­der of the short­fall (R135m) was funded by de­lay­ing and repri­ori­tis­ing cer­tain projects,” Gi­gaba said.

The R211m that was orig­i­nally al­lo­cated for a sec­ond reg­is­tra­tion week­end did not in­clude the im­per­a­tive to have an av­er­age of three elec­toral staff mem­bers per vot­ing sta­tion.

“At the time of the 2017 MTEF it was en­vis­aged that there would only be two staff mem­bers per vot­ing sta­tion.

“No, the IEC does not have suf­fi­cient fund­ing for two na­tional reg­is­tra­tion week­ends.”

In his re­ply to a writ­ten ques­tion from DA MP Mpo­neng Rab­o­tapi, Gi­gaba said that dur­ing the 2017 MTEF the Na­tional Trea­sury al­lo­cated R630m in 2018-19 for two main reg­is­tra­tion week­ends and some NPE 2019 elec­tion re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Of this amount, about R581m re­lated to the two main reg­is­tra­tion week­ends and the re­main­ing R49m re­lated to prepara­tory work for the 2019 NPE such as the pro­cure­ment of com­po­nents of the bill of ma­te­ri­als, he said.

Gi­gaba said that the R346m deficit was caused by a lack of fund­ing by Na­tional Trea­sury in re­la­tion to ini­tia­tives taken by the IEC. These ini­tia­tives had to do with com­ply­ing with a Con­sti­tu­tional Court or­der to rec­tify vot­ers’ ad­dresses on the na­tional vot­ers’ roll, as well a cycli­cal re­fresh­ing of the ICT hard­ware and plat­form.

Malusi Gi­gaba

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