In past elections the country has seen ballot boxes and ballot papers being discarded on the side of roads and in bushes.

This has raised many issues about vote rigging and the validity of ballot boxes. In some instances, political parties have even disputed the election results.

The SABC spoke to Terry Tselane from the Institute of Election Management Services in South Africa to find out how the voting process should take place and what should happen to the ballot papers.

Tselane explained that ballots papers are counted in the voting stations and are not removed to be counted elsewhere.

He adds that this helps in being able to account for each and every ballot paper from that voting district.

From the time the vote is cast to when it is counted, verified and captured in the Electoral Commission of South Africa system, political parties have ample opportunities to contest or dispute the vote counting process.

Tselane says transparency is paramount at voting stations and if a political party has a problem, it can make an objection of the vote counting process at any point.

On the issue of discarded ballot papers, Tselane says ballots should be kept with the IEC for a period of six months, in case a political party wishes to have a recounting of the votes.

Meanwhile, the IEC is investigating an incident in which ballot boxes fell off a vehicle in Tzaneen, Limpopo.

The sealed ballot boxes were found by a member of the public on the roadside.