Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission, Sy Mamabolo has sent a stark warning to voters over breaching the Electoral Act by removing the ink from their thumbs.

Mamabolo says this is a punishable offence, and those convicted are liable to a 10-year jail sentence.

“The indelible ink is one of the security checks built to safeguard electoral process. Any attempt to undermine the integrity of the electoral process, including attempting to remove indelible ink, constitutes an electoral offence, which is punishable upon conviction by sentence of 10 years in jail.”