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IEC launches the National Results Operations Centre in Gallagher Convention Centre

This venue signifies South Africa's steadfast dedication to conducting free and fair elections.

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has officially inaugurated the National Results Operations Centre (ROC) in Midrand on May 22, in preparation for the forthcoming SA National and Provincial Elections on May 29.

The ROC is situated at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is poised to be the nerve centre for all electoral activities, offering real-time access to election results for political entities, observers, business figures, and the media.

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During the unveiling ceremony, IEC chairperson Mosotho Moepya expressed immense pride and a deep sense of duty in ushering in the ROC for the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.

Independent Electoral Commission CEO Sy Mamabolo addresses attendees.
Independent Electoral Commission CEO Sy Mamabolo addresses attendees.

Standing within the walls of The ROC, Moepya highlighted how this venue signifies South Africa’s steadfast dedication to conducting free and fair elections.

Moepya acknowledged the presence of local observers, diplomatic representatives, and media personnel as a testament to the gravity of the occasion.

“Your vigilance and documentation throughout the voting process contribute immeasurably to the transparency and credibility of our elections. We are profoundly grateful for your commitment to upholding democratic values.

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“Each voting station result undergoes rigorous audit authentication before being posted, ensuring accuracy and accountability. The commission, established under Section 181 of the Constitution, remains steadfast in its duty to be accountable to the people of South Africa. Regular engagements with parliamentary committees and annual audits by the Auditor-General underscore our commitment to sound governance.”

IEC chairperson Mosotho Moepya.
IEC chairperson Mosotho Moepya.

In his remarks, IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo said, “In our pursuit of inclusivity, we have implemented measures to ensure that the voting process is accessible to all South Africans, regardless of physical abilities.

“In collaboration with the South African National Council for the Blind, we have developed the Universal Ballot Template, a voting aid designed to empower persons with disabilities and special needs to exercise their democratic right independently and with utmost secrecy.”

The ROC stands as a beacon of transparency and accountability, illuminating the path toward a future characterised by free and fair elections.

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