By Sisho Magagula | 2018-09-12
THE ball is set to start rolling in earnest for the much anticipated secondary elections as special voting has been scheduled to take place next week Tuesday.
In a press statement released yesterday, the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) announced that, just like the special voting for the primary elections which was held at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre last month, the special voting for the secondary elections would be held at the same venue on September 18.
Once again, the venue is expected to be a hive of activity as scores of people, mostly members of the country’s security forces, will take part in the voting process. “The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is happy to announce that special voting for the 2018 secondary elections for member of parliament and indvuna yenkhundla shall take place on Tuesday, September18, at the Mavuso Trade Centre in Manzini.
All eligible voters are urged to be on time and are to bring with them their voter cards or national identification cards,” said the EBC in the statement.
A time schedule has been prepared for all the categories of people expected to vote on the day. The security forces, namely soldiers, police officers and officers from His Majesty’s Correctional Services will start voting from 7am to 10am. Paramedics from the EMS have also been scheduled to vote during these times. They have been ordered to come for the special voting clad in their service uniforms, including all the security forces. “The Elections and Boundaries Commission staff, polling officers and other agencies who were approved for special voting will start from 12 noon to 4pm. All polling officers must bring with them their EBC name tags, voter cards or national identity cards for identification purposes,” said the EBC.
All returning and presiding officers will cast their votes from 4pm to 5:30pm.
The EBC has also urged employers to allow their employees to take part in the exercise on Tuesday. In a brief interview yesterday evening, Mbonisi Bhembe, the EBC Public Relations Officer (PRO) said they were expecting a smooth voting exercise on Tuesday, with less hiccups. He urged people who are not in the categories of people scheduled to partake in Tuesday’s voting not to bother coming anywhere near the venue because they will be turned back.
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