South Africans turned out in significant numbers, although a lower turnout was expected than in the past, in an election which was dogged by logistical difficulties and weaknesses in Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) planning The commission on Wednesday admitted that there had been some "setbacks", though it said those would not compromise the credibility of the sixth general election of the democratic era, which has been billed as the most competitive yet. A number of polling stations ran out of ballot papers, some ID scanners malfunctioned and there were reports that the ink used to mark those who had voted was rubbing off, increasing fears that some might try cast their ballot more than once. The live national results of the 2019 general elections IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said the commission had received mixed reports of the ink coming off in some cases but not in others."If there are people who are attempting to double vote that is a fraudulent activity… If there i...

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