Pansy Tlakula casts her special vote

The IEC chairperson was one of the first South Africans to cast her special vote ballot today.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula has cast her special vote in Johannesburg.

Tlakula has been embroiled in a court case with opposition parties over the leasing of a building, a case which has been postponed until after the elections.

A confident-looking Tlakula is one of the first South Africans to cast her vote in this year's general elections.

Speaking after she made her X on the ballot paper at the Orange Grove Primary School in Johannesburg this morning, she said the IEC was ready for this year's election.

"We are ready. As you can see our voting stations have opened today for the special votes and I have just cast mine. The stations will remain open until 5pm today."

On Friday the electoral court postponed an application by five political parties to have Tlakula step down before Wednesday's elections.

The Public Protector had found her guilty of maladministration over a leasing agreement.