The IEC had to fend off allegations of racism and favoritism today as a video showed two lines separating people on the basis of color
– Provincial electoral officer, Courtney Sampson, responded to the incident which took place in Wellington and explained reasons for the separation
– The distinction was due to certain voters requiring to register while others had already completed the process
The IEC nearly landed itself in hot water following scenes from a controversial voting station in Wellington, Western Cape.
The video showed how voters were split into two separate lines.
Based on the footage, one line was seemingly made up of black voters and the other of white voters.
The commentary and caption included in the video added fuel to the fire as allegations of racism were flung.
The videos were shared via twitter and the IEC was forced to respond to the claims.
Provincial electoral officer, Courtney Sampson, shed some light on the incident and conveyed a reasonable explanation.
Sampson was informed that voters were split up into two groups – those who were already registered and those were still needed to do so.
As a result of pure coincidence, this classification resulted in the two separate groups seen in the video.
— Pheladi Sethusa (@pheladi_s) May 8, 2019
Another tweep was able to vouch for Sampson’s explanation as he experienced a similar process at his voting station.