IEC improves ballot papers for people with special needs

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The Electoral Commission (IEC) has introduced changes to cater for voters with special needs ahead of the 2019 national and provincial elections.

The introduced changes with see a modification on the traditional cardboard Universal Ballot Templates (UBTs) to fit the newly designed 2019 national and provincial ballot papers, of which there are 8 different lengths.

See the detailed breakdown below:

  • National ballot template for 48 parties
  • Gauteng template for 36 parties
  • Limpopo and Western Cape templates for 34 parties each
  • KwaZulu-Natal template for 31 parties
  • North West template for 29 parties
  • Free State and Mpumalanga templates for 28 parties each
  • Eastern Cape template for 26 parties
  •  Northern Cape template for 21 parties.

The IEC says the redesigning of the ballot paper is made to simplify voting for voters.

Sample of the revised UBTS:
For more on this story, see IEC press statement.
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