Voting day South Africa 2014

Marzeus von Hemelen By Marzeus von Hemelen, 25th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Voting... what's the bloody use? In the end, cadres of the ANC who run the "Independent Electoral Commission" (IEC) are going to work it so that the ANC "miraculously" wins by some insane majority. Oh well, I guess going to vote at least gives them something to do: Having to manipulate the votes; otherwise the ANC really does win if nobody bothers voting for opposition parties.

Voting day South Africa 2014

I wake up around 5.30 because of the noise of Father coming out of their old room in the East Wing and walking past my door. Father has been sleeping for quite some nights now here in the East Wing of Tower Mansion, because Mother has been having the flu and Father doesn't want to catch it because of their upcoming trip to the Land Of The West.

In fact, they're going there today, and their car is all packed. They just need to pick up Auntie René and Uncle Gus, and then hook up a trailer with one of Father's flying contraptions on it at Tower Hills Airport, and then they need to go vote, and then they can leave for Canyon Manoir in the Land Of The West.

I drive in a seperate car with them so we can all go vote. We arrive at a school where the voting station is. We could probably have been first in line but for some reason Father and them don't get out of their car, and meanwhile other people arrive and go stand in the line. Probably Father thought it's still a bit before seven, and the voting stations officially open at 7am, so they remained in their car until 7am.

Mother the genius of course forgot her Identity Book. She decides to try and vote with her passport.

Then we do get out and go stand in what's already a line of about 20 people.

But, oh dear, this voting station isn't open, and 7am has come and gone. Are they late?

Five minutes pass. Then then minutes. Then fifteen minutes. The line isn't moving.

We can see inside a classroom, the black officials are only now folding their official boxes that when set up will make up the ballot boxes.

Seriously, this is how unorganized the IEC ("Independent Electoral Commission") is?

Father of course is a man for whom organization is everything, and he's getting quite peeved at how ill-organized these people are.

But fortunately, to soothe his nerves, in waves he does get into a conversation with the other people in line. For some reason, there are only white people in the entire line. It's probably all the people who have things to do and needed to get this voting over early so they can get on with it.

Finally, one of the IEC guys says we can come in and vote.

But, he probably thought there was going to be a continuously moving line, but there isn't, so after a bit he has to tell everybody to stay outside first so those inside can move along and finish up and come out first before the others come in.

And, oh dear, to poor Father's dismay, there are more problems. The officials say their scanner isn't working.


And, to blow Father's top, NONE of our names are on their little printed out "voters' roll", even though they have always voted here.

And, the black guy who's running around frantically, says because their scanner isn't working, they can't check.

Well, hopefully some time today Father and them will get to start their journey to the Land Of The West, but it doesn't seem it's going to be as soon as they had hoped.

Continued here.

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Anc, Disorganised, Electioneering, Elections, Government, Organization, South Africa, Vote

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I like eggs for breakfast. I live on top of a hill inside a beautiful but old dwelling complex. I like to take life in through my senses and then give feedback through my writing.

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