IEC: You can face jail time if you remove ink off your nail

IEC: You can face jail time if you remove ink off your nail

It may seem like nothing important, but removing the indelible ink from your nail after voting could see you facing up to 10 years behind bars. The IEC has warned South Africans that it's illegal to remove the 'election mark'.

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Many South Africans may have already (unwittingly) committed a crime considered so serious it could see them spending up to 10 years in prison.

The ink mark put on voters' nails after casting their vote is there for a reason, and removing it is considered illegal.

The Electoral Commission has reminded South Africa that they should not attempt to remove this mark, or face jail time, according to eNCA.

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This mark is part of the IEC's way of making sure that no one is able to vote without registering or making double - or even triple - votes.

“The indelible ink is one of a number of security checks and safeguards built into the election process, but the Commission wishes to remind all voters that an attempt to remove the ink mark constitutes electoral fraud and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.”

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Voters who were worried that their false nails would cause problems with the ink had nothing to stress about. The ink will take on even the most delicately manicured nails.

The IEC also had to release a statement saying no one is expected to remove their false nails. This comes after EFF Julius Malema was upset that his wife, Mantwa Matlala-Malema, was told by an official to remove her false nail before voting. reported that the official in question had a pair of scissors to help voters remove the offending nails.

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