The Independent Electoral Commission

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Table of Contents
Introduction 2
Issues the IEC faces 2
IEC Financing, funding and accounting 3
Modern solution to the Ballot problem 4
Conclusion 5
References 6

Introduction
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa faces many challenges regarding its operational & logistical capabilities. These challenges become even more apparent during the national, provincial and municipal elections. Being able to maintain a neutral stance in its behaviour and ensure that employees adhere to the strict IEC guidelines, is an uphill battle in a country that is mired with corruption scandals and other nefarious behaviour even within the top echelons of the government. Who is to say whether 'party loyalty', financial incentives or political pressure will have an adverse effect on the vote 'count'? Truly, the weight of heavy expectations are placed upon the IEC to have an incorruptible and fair judgment when carrying out its duties during the election.
There are more issues to contend with other than dishonesty during ballot tallies. The logistical functions of the IEC can become an even more serious issue; how will the ballots be collected, how are they tallied, where do we keep them and are the systems the IEC have in place capable to accurately and reliably perform the operations? The modern age has presented the IEC with many technical solutions to solve old problems. Computer systems can be used to scan ID's and fingers to increase speed and decrease fraud. RFID's
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