Explainer: What will your election ballot paper look like in May?

Explainer: What will your election ballot paper look like in May?

Is it your first time voting? Or perhaps it isn't but you were overwhelmed by the process the last time you did? Briefly.co.za clears up any confusion, detailing what to expect when you get your ballot come May.

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The Electoral Commission has revealed what South Africans can expect on their ballot papers come the 2019 elections.

According to eNCA, voters have previously reported confusion over party identifiers which use similar colours, logos and even abbreviations.

The IEC has made efforts to avoid this in the upcoming election, including a re-ordered sequence of party identifiers:

  1. Parties full name
  2. Photo of party leader
  3. Abbreviation (eg. ANC, DA, EFF)
  4. Party logo

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Another issue brought to the IEC's attention was that many parties shared either similar names or abbreviations.

The solution to this was to separate parties with similar names on the ballot sheet, which would be determined by a series of random draws to avoid any confusion over who is who.

All parties at the National Party Liaison Committee endorsed and supported these solutions, with two draws taking place at the signing ceremony held last week.

So rest assured that, come 8 May, the biggest challenge facing you will be deciding which political party deserves your X.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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