Police, army to ensure safety of voters, officials on elections day

With the local government elections only a few days away, the ministers of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster have said that every step is being taken to ensure the health and safety of voters.

“Today [Monday October 25] we can confidently declare that all safety and security measures have been put in place to create a conducive environment for free and fair elections starting from October 30 and 31 [from 8am-5pm for the special votes] and November 1 elections,” the JCPS cluster said.

“All relevant security-aligned departments within the three spheres of government have worked tirelessly, in a continuous and coordinated manner, to ensure the successful delivery of the local government elections.”

The cluster said it was working with the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) to ensure there was sufficient police visibility in and around voting stations to deter crime and potential intimidation.

Members of the SAPS would also be deployed to provincial results centres.

“The deployment of the SAPS, SA National Defence Force [SANDF] and other law-enforcement agencies will be determined and guided by structured threat analysis and crime patterns.

“Over and above the physical deployments of SAPS officers at voting districts, reserve forces from the police are on standby to provide additional assistance should the need arise in and around the identified hotspot areas.

“To this end, security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of voters, IEC officials, role players, equipment, resources, voting stations and the general public.”

The cluster said all 412 department of home affairs [DHS] offices capable of processing Smart ID cards and passports would be open from 7am to 9pm from Saturday October 30 to Monday November 1.

“During the voting period, home affairs offices will assist people who have lost or misplaced their IDs to apply for a Temporary Identity Certificate as per the requirement of the IEC to resolve duplicate cases.”

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