A to Z of election thumb ink | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


A to Z of election thumb ink

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) SA allows South Africans to cast their votes for the ward councils they want to represent their communities.

After making an ‘X’ on the ballot paper at a voting station, an IEC official will mark a voter’s left thumb with a drop of ink (also known as election ink).

Election ink is a semi-permanent ink or dye that stains your finger, allowing officials to see who has already voted, thereby avoiding electoral fraud like voting more than once.

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