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Municipal Elections: IEC results centre evacuated after power outage

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Oct 31, 2021

The Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Results Operations Centre in Tshwane had to be evacuated on Saturday evening, 30 October 2021, after a power outage.

IEC centre evacuation ‘not for emergency purposes’

The electrical fault at the IEC ROC is in no way related to load-shedding. Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Thabo Charles Mabaso said a circuit breaker had tripped.

“I can confirm that there was no fire at the IEC results centre. The only report that we received from our members is that an electric circuit on a DB BOX became faulty resulting on the power to be cut off. And the center had to be evacuated to give the technicians more time to fix the electrical problem,” he said.

News outlets will also be camped there – one of them is SABC News, which has been broadcasting from the venue since last week. It was impacted by the evacuation and some of its coverage from the site had to be moved back to its Auckland Park headquarters.

The evacuation happened after 18:00, but it was not for emergency purposes.

The IEC also confirmed the evacuation on Saturday and said no ballot papers were on site.

“We confirm a power failure at the National Results Operations Centre in Tshwane this evening, as a result of a faulty transformer. Centre was evacuated for safety, with emergency services on standby. There are no ballots or election materials on site,” the electoral body said in a short tweet.

We confirm a power failure at the National Results Operations Centre in Tshwane this evening, as a result of a faulty transformer. Centre was evacuated for safety, with emergency services on standby. There are no ballots or election materials on site.

— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) October 30, 2021

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