An IEC staff member got on the wrong side of EFF leader Julius Malema today after insisting that his wife, Mantwa Matlala-Malema, remove her false nail before casting her vote. The IEC has since released a statement confirming that there is no such rule.
An IEC official irked Julius Malema today when they insisted that his wife, Mantwa Matlala-Malema, remove her false nail before voting.
The couple was in Seshego, Limpopo this morning when the incident occurred, with Malema commenting that:
"There was some IEC staff member who said to my wife she must take off her nail so that they can put a mark and I found that bizarre. You cannot have such a patriarchal arrangement happening inside the voting station. The electoral officer came and said she can vote with her nail."
The concerned politician revealed that the official in question had a pair of scissors to help voters remove the offending nails.
However, the IEC has since released a statement confirming that there is no such rule and that voters can keep their manicures intact when they cast their vote, reports DispatchLive.
Nevertheless, the EFF leader was riled by the situation, telling media that it should never have happened:
"It must never be costly for people to vote, because to put on nails is money and then you have someone giving you scissors to take them off, are they going to pay for it? So it cannot be. We do not run elections through emotions, you ought to know the rules by heart."
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