Several women were turned away from voting stations or forced to remove their false nails and nail polish before they were allowed to vote. This was not supposed to be an issue as the IEC stated that manicures were no problem when marking thumbs.
Many women were frustrated when told they had to remove their false nails or nail polish before they could cast their votes.
This shouldn't have been a problem, since the IEC released a statement confirming that there is no such rule and that voters can keep their manicures intact when they cast their vote, according to DispatchLive.
It leaves people to wonder what kind of communication was going on between the IEC and its officials because many women were still forced to follow this 'rule'.
SowetanLIVE reported on a young woman from Ramaphosa village who couldn't vote because of her false nails. The poor woman was reportedly left in tears.
In another incident, EFF leader Julius Malema's wife, Mantwa Matlala-Malema, was also told to remove her false nails.
Briefly.co.za reported that an official even had scissors on hand to help her get her nails off.
Another voter, Boitumelo Maswanganyi, had to use a coin to scrape off her nail polish before she was allowed to vote.
Many South Africans saw the 'rule' as a way for voters to be deterred from voting and say it doesn't feel right.
There is also the unsaid feeling that perhaps this was part of a plot to boycott the elections in an underhanded and shady way.
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