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2021 Elections: ActionSA voters struggle to find the party on ballots

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Nov 1, 2021

ActionSA has urged its 2021 elections voters to report municipal wards where the organisation’s name has not been included, the party said on Monday morning 1 November.

2021 ELECTIONS: ACTIONSA SUSPECTS FOUL PLAY

Though the party is only contesting in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, it has expressed concern after reports from voters claimed the organisation was missing from ballot papers where it should be present.

“It has come to our attention that there are a number of voting stations & wards with ballot papers that do not feature ActionSA at all,” the party said.

“If you have experienced this, please submit your information so that we can take it up with the IEC.

ActionSA limited areas of contention include Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Newcastle, and KwaDukuza metros.

Whyyy ingekho i Action SA lah? pic.twitter.com/gRdq7mEt36

— suckmytitties (@Qaqambha) November 1, 2021

DRAMA WITH IEC BEFORE 1 NOVEMBER

The Herman Mashaba-led organisation had a spat with the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on the eve of the voting event. The party was set to take legal action against the IEC when its name was left out of the final list of contesting parties ahead of the current municipal voting.

Reports said the omission was made after ActionSA did not submit an abbreviation that was to be registered on the ballots.

The IEC presented final draft ballot papers last month, but the ballot only contained ActionSA’s logo and not the name. The party’s complaint was denied by the Electoral Court, leaving its voters to spot the party by its logo.

Guys which one is ActionSa here. Kuyaphuthuma pic.twitter.com/vBbfArb2s7

— TaiahZee (@thabisazandile) November 1, 2021

The party was eventually forced to increase its logo’s visibility and familiarity across social media ahead of the 2021 elections on 1 November.

“It’s so easy to vote for ActionSA…you just need to look for the party with no name on the ballot paper. It’s imperative to study the logo prior to going to the voting station though,” a local citizen named @Batebang said on Twitter.

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