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CT IEC official suspended

An official was suspended after a batch of ballot papers fell off a vehicle travelling on the N1 in CT.

FILE: The official was suspended after a batch of ballot papers fell off a vehicle travelling on the N1 in CT. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) official has been suspended after a batch of ballot papers fell off a vehicle travelling on the N1 Highway in Cape Town.

IEC representatives met on Sunday to discuss Saturday night's incident.

Police have since retrieved the ballots and are investigating.

The commission's provincial head Courtney Sampson says, "Obviously when one plans, you plan for an incident-free process, but mishaps do happen. We had to deal with that mishap, we did that, it's done and dusted. No damage has been done; we got everything back that we needed to get back."

Despite the minor hiccup the IEC in the Western Cape says it's all systems go, as it braces itself for election day.

Officials say the bulk of their preparations have been completed.

The commission says it's doing everything possible to ensure the elections are democratic and glitch-free.

There are more than two million registered voters in the province.

Sampson says, "We're ready to execute the plans that we've made to make this election work."

But he admits mistakes could creep in.

"We are satisfied with the plans that we've made but little things happen. That's why we're here to make sure all those problems are smoothed out."

Meanwhile, Western Cape police have identified more than 40 high-risk voting stations.