IEC appeals to farmers to allow workers to vote

Independent Electorate Commission chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula has appealed to the agriculture sector to allow the IEC’s staff reasonable access to their farms during elections.

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Previous years saw isolated incidents where farm workers were not given time off to vote. Farmers in turn committed to allow workers to register and vote at the upcoming general elections.

Agri SA’s Elize van der Westhuizen said: “Our members are going to allow workers to register and vote. We will also allow the IEC reasonable access to the farms to conduct voter registration and we will allow workers to attend political rallies since we value the importance of free and fair elections.”

The second and final round of voter registration is set for the weekend of February 8.

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