An Electoral Commission official has suspended over ballot boxes found abandoned at a roadside in Limpopo. This news left South Africans disappointed and with little hope for fair elections. The boxes apparently fell off the truck transporting them.
The IEC confirmed that an official was suspended after a pack of three unused, unassembled ballot boxes were discovered on the side of a road in Tzaneen, Limpopo.
It first came to Mzansi's attention when a Facebook user shared videos of the boxes on the social media platform
TimesLIVE reported that the IEC claims the boxes had fallen off a truck that was transporting them to a voting station.
When Briefly.co.za shared the news, South Africans voiced their disappointment, as well as their lack of hope for a fair election.
Facebook user, Nomsa Tshabalala, noted that the 'lost' boxes make it easier for the election results to be tampered with.
"Hahaha hw rigging time."
Nomthandazo Patience Mgwadlamba Motlhabane agrees that this symbolises how unfair the elections in Mzansi will be.
"There will never be fair elections in S.A. The officials are corrupt and irresponsible."
Ndlimi Thii feels that politicians are abusing their power.
"Limpopo is just a playground for these politicians."
Another user, Lucky Mthombeni, fears that if it could happen before the elections, it can happen afterwards as well.
"If they can be lost before, they can be lost after casting the votes."
Many people are negative over the upcoming elections. Linda Majikijela Linda feels that even more boxes will be lost in the same way after the voting is done.
"There are still more boxes will be lost after 21:00 on the 8th, watch the space"
Cathee Eramus is convinced that the IEC is eating out of the ruling party's hand.
"Just proven IEC is.corrupt.and under ANC rule!"
On the other hand, Thabo Maubrey Mahlabehwane felt that suspending the official was too drastic a decision.
"Suspended for unused, unassembled ballot boxes really, that's harsh."
Clearly, Mzansi doesn't have a lot of faith in the IEC and this leads to many people opting to skip the elections altogether.
37 million South Africans are eligible voters, but only 26.7 million registered this year. With only 70% expected turnout for the elections, the nation's political future lies in the hands of only 19 million citizens.
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