Chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo has warned against malicious challenges on voting day, saying the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was readying itself for such occurrences. The May 8 general elections are expected to be hotly contested. Opposition parties made significant gains on the ruling ANC at the local government elections in 2016, giving them hope the voting trend could repeat itself at provincial and national levels. The ANC lost the Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay metros to opposition coalitions. This has fuelled opposition hopes that provinces such as Gauteng and Northern Cape are ripe for the taking. The intense contestation could bring about an increase in disputes as parties fight for their space in the national and provincial legislatures. In an interview with Business Day, Mamabolo said an election called for greater political leadership. He said although the issue of disputes on election day and during the counting of votes was not a preo...

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