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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Voting in SRC elections starts today

PICTURE: CPUT Vice-chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo and outgoing Central SRC President Phathindwe Mncamase signed the revised SRC constitution recently. PICTURE: CPUT Vice-chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo and outgoing Central SRC President Phathindwe Mncamase signed the revised SRC constitution recently. Lauren Kansley

Students at the Athlone, Mowbray and Wellington Campuses take to the polls on Thursday, 27 September and Friday, 28 September as voting in the SRC Elections gets underway. 

Voting on the Cape Town and Bellville campuses will be held next week on Monday, 1 October and Tuesday, 2 October.

Chief Electoral Officer Duke Mabetshe has published sections of the SRC Constitution that cover voting instructions and the rules that govern the counting process and role of observers. Some of the crucial provisions contained therein include the following:

• Each registered student shall have the right to cast one vote for each portfolio of the Local SRC on their campus. To cast a vote a student must produce a valid student card or a valid proof of registration accompanied by proof of identity

• Every voter shall be given one ballot paper in respect of each Local SRC portfolio to be voted for and other containing names of the Student Organisations contesting the Central SRC elections

• Votes shall be counted at the voting station at which they are cast by no later than 24 hours after voting has ended and in the presence of accredited party agents and/ or observers, where available

• Counting officers will reject a ballot paper if it is not official, reveals the identity of the voter or is spoilt in any way

• As soon as the Election Committee declares completion of the counting of votes, all observers shall sign a declaration form stating whether or not they accept the provisional election results

• Every registered Student Organisation and independent candidate contesting the elections may appoint an observer to witness the process at each voting and counting stations on the campus at which they are contesting elections

• Observers must be registered students whose names appear on the voters’ roll but are neither standing for election nor incumbent SRC office-bearers

• Each observer shall comply with any order issued by the Presiding Officer or member of the security personnel acting on instructions from the former

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za