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IEC: 2016 local government elections ‘record breaking’

The IEC says the election will be the biggest in terms of voters, ballots printed & technology available.

The IEC has officially launched its National Results Operations Centre in Tshwane. Picture Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has described the upcoming municipal elections as "record breaking" in terms of the number of voters, and ballots that have been printed as well as the technology which is available.

The IEC has officially launched its National Results Operations Centre in Tshwane.

More than 26 million people have registered to vote in the elections, which takes place next Wednesday.

The 12,000 square meter Tshwane events centre is draped in blue, the IEC's official colour, and everything has been set up from the leader boards to the dining area.

Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says this election is record breaking in many aspects.

"We have registered a record number of voters, 26.3 million. We have a record number of voting stations and a record number of parties contesting elections."

About 73.9 million printed ballot papers will be delivered to provincial warehouses for distribution at 133,000 voting booths across the country.

Voting stations and technology have been advanced in order to make the experience easier for everyone.