CIS officials promote Covid-19 safety precautions during voting process

CIS officials are urging the public to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols when they come to vote.

It is the first time that South Africans, like many others around the world, have had to vote during a pandemic, but the IEC has put in place the necessary guidelines to ensure the safety of every voter and staff member.

The following points should be observed in every polling station today:

1) Voters and IEC staff must wear a face shield at all times. If you do not have a mask or face covering, election officials will deny you access to the polling station and you will not be able to vote.

2) Try to maintain a distance of 1.5 m from other voters, election officials, party agents and observers at all times when you are at your polling station.

3) Wait your turn before entering the polling station because only a limited number of people can be gathered inside the room at the same time.

4) Liquid disinfectant will be sprayed on your hands by an election official before you enter and leave the polling station.

5) Bring your own pen to fill out forms and mark ballots at the polling station. In all cases, election officials will disinfect all polling station enclosures after each use.

6) When inking your sticker, election officials will check that it is dry before applying ink and ask you to wait a while before continuing to ensure that the ink has dried before your hands are not disinfected when leaving the polling station.

7) All polling station surfaces will be wiped with 70% alcohol disinfectant before and after use.

8) Say if it’s not okay. Speak politely if people are too close to you or if someone’s behavior makes you uncomfortable. Keep yourself and others safe.

A CEI official disinfects the hands of an elderly voter. Photo: Andile Dlodlo.


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