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IEC working to ensure voting goes ahead without any hiccups

There’s just over a week to go until the August municipal election.

FILE: An IEC official takes down the details of a new eligible voter. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape says there are ongoing discussions with security agencies and communities to ensure voting proceeds without any hiccups next week.

The election body's provincial head Courtney Sampson was part of a panel at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS)' seminar on the causes of violent protests.



The ISS's research shows there were about a hundred protests across the country where IEC officials or infrastructure was targeted during the election registration weekend.



Sampson says there were some incidents in the province.

"There's been sporadic incidents. We know about the two attacks in Paarl over the registration weekend. Some of our staff have been nervous to go to the areas."

Sampson adds the election body's addressing this issue.

"We spoke to the communities, political parties and State security structures, those are very useful. It's a wide range of activity that's needed and great partnerships."