EFF Secretary General Godrich Gardee says the party is convinced that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is more than ready to hold the general elections.

Gardee says the EFF was encouraged by the swiftness of the IEC to resolve the slow pace of its SMS line which allows registered voters to check their voting status.

Gardee who was at Samora on the Cape Flats Saturday says  EFF party agents who assisted registered voters at various polling stations in Nyanga and Phillipi were able to discover that the SMS line was slow.

“So, before they even go inside the voting station, we can SMS their ID numbers into that cell number. And it was very slow in coming back with a feedback on whether a person is registered to vote or not. I had to call the IEC office. I had to let them know about this. And they came back to me in a very short space of time to say, ‘Thank you very much for letting us know. We have picked up the problem. We have spoken to Vodacom. They have now attended to the issue.’ And in no time I saw the replies now coming in. So, I think the IEC is more than ready for this elections.”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane, State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi Duba and Gardee were among the national political figures, who went on a voter registration drive in the Cape Metro. They encouraged people to register to vote in Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha and Samora on the Cape Flats.