By Sicelo Maziya | 2018-05-12
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) yesterday showed readiness for this year’s general election that is usually held in September.
During the press conference at the EBC building in Nkhanini, the Commission demonstrated that they are ready for the general election with their presence in the social media network and the announcement of toll free number 411 for general information on the forthcoming elections.
The elections and boundaries commission also informed the press that the toll free lines will be across the three networks; being SPTC, MTN and Swazi Mobile. They also announced a USSD line that will be reached at *411# that can be interactive for any information relating to the Eswatini registration for the general elections.
Commission Chairperson Chief Gija invited the nation to register in their numbers for the general elections. Commissioner Ncumbi Maziya also warned people who are subscribed to social media to ignore those fake posts that have already pronounced and bestowed themselves ministerial positions even before the registration of the elections.
Maziya warned that the role of EBC is to conduct elections that will lead to elected legislators and the appointment of cabinet not for people to appoint themselves into cabinet positions even before the elections.
Other concerns from the media was the registration and voting privilege of inmates, where the commission assured the press that inmates will be afforded only the privilege of voting not to be voted for.
The media further asked what the commission will do with individuals who ferry voters from Matsapha industrial site to voting areas.
Commissioner Ncumbi said it was the work of every Swazi to police the defaulters and report them to the police and he said there were penalties in law that would be meted out upon such people.
He further warned that the new registration and voting system would be on guard on such defaulters not to vote twice but vote in their original stations. Royal Swaziland Police was also commissioned to dispatch all the systems to all the voting stations in preparation for the registration period.
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