As the final elections counts draw to a close, voters across the country have reflected on the voting process. One of the most talked-about elements was the indelible ink which was used. Actress Kgomotso Christopher was one of them.
According to TshisaLive, the ink, which was supposed to be semi-permanent and stain a voter’s thumb for a short period of time during the elections to prevent electoral fraud, such as double voting, has been rather questionable.
Thousands of South Africans have questioned the 'brand' used in yesterday’s election process when it faded away easily. One Mzansi celebs who shared her experience about the “fast-fading” ink on Twitter was actress Kgomtoso Christopher.
She wrote: "Bought a pie on my way to line up to vote at 6am. Ate the pie at 8:30am when I got home. Realised as I licked my fingers that I was licking the ink off... so sommer used my fingernail to totally scrape it off. I also remember the two-week ink-stain tender of yesteryear."
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But the IEC dismissed some of the “myths” about the ink on their official Twitter account after complaints started dominating social media timelines.
"Unfortunately there are recurring themes of disinformation with every election. It's not true that you can’t vote with fake nails. The indelible ink used to mark thumbs is effective & is one of a number of safeguards to protect the integrity of #SAElections2019 results," read the tweet.
But people still shared their concern about the "weak" ink, including actor Vuyo Ngcukana and model Blue Mbombo.
Here are a few more comments from tweeps who raised valid points about being in a digital age and still not getting the voting process right.
Another valid point that was made was the integrity of the individual who voted twice knowing that it was illegal and deceitful. Check out the tweet below:
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported earlier today that the Democratic Alliance has called for a full audit of all voting stations after numerous complaints were lodged with the IEC.
James Selfe, federal council chair for the party, says that there were multiple incidents that pointed to glitches in the voting system.
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