Voting won’t affect normal policing: EC police

NORMAL policing will not be compromised by police officers focusing on the May 18 local government election, Eastern Cape police said today (May 10).

“Those with criminal intention must be warned that more than 2142 police reservists have been called up and will assist us to ensure that the safety of our communities is not compromised, by purely focusing all our attention to the election process,” read a statement from the office of the acting provincial commissioner Major General Noma-Lady Dlani.

Four “reaction groups” of highly-skilled and trained police officers and air support were on standby.

The province was ready for the election and Dlani expressed confidence that its operational and contingency plans for the polls were sufficient.

About 11,500 police officers would be deployed at the 4560 voting stations in the province. They would get help from the SA National Defence Force and intelligence community.

“Amongst the duties, not restricted to static protection at polling stations, we will safeguard ballot boxes both before and after the community have cast their votes. We will also assist in securing the counting process.”

Dlani urged the public not to take weapons of any form to the voting stations and warned that drunk and disorderly behaviour would not be tolerated.

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