By Sisho Magagula | 2018-07-12
OVER 400 areas across the country have been designated as polling stations, where voting will take place during the forthcoming national elections.
These areas have been identified by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) as suitable for conducting the elections and they include schools, imiphakatsi, neighbourhood care points (NCPs), churches and community halls. Voting for the primary elections will take place after the nominations, scheduled forthis month-end.
The EBC has released a full list of all the polling stations across the country where voting will take place. The polling stations have been established by the EBC in terms of Section 17 of the Elections of 2013.
According to this provision, the EBC, when determining the location of a polling station, shall take into account any factor that shall affect the free, fair and orderly conduct of elections, including, but not limited to, the number and distribution of eligible voters, the availability of suitable venues for polling stations, the distance to be travelled to reach those venues, access routes to those venues and the availability of transport to those venues.
The EBC shall also consider the general facilities at those venues, the safety and convenience of voters, any geographical or physical features that may impede access to or at those venues; and the ease with which those venues can be secured.
In addition to the polling stations referred to above, the office of each ambassador, high commissioner or trade representative of Eswatini abroad shall be a polling station, at which registered voters residing in the country to which the ambassador, high commissioner, trade representative, as the case may be, is accredited, may cast their votes in respect of any contested election.
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