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  • The 2019 South African election ballots are set to be the most secure used since the country’s first democratic election.
  • New security features include anti-copying watermarks, additional verification and 24-hour monitoring of the printing process.
  • Over 60 million ballot papers were printed for South Africa’s 26.7 million registered voters.  
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The ballot papers used in the 2019 South African elections are set to be the most secure used since the country’s first democratic election in 1994.

The general elections are set to be the most contested elections in South Africa's democratic history, with a record-breaking 48 political parties contesting.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) risks losing its majority in Gauteng for the very first time.

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Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesperson Kate Bapela said the ballot papers have undergone several security improvements to avoid voter fraud.

Bapela told Business Insider South Africa that the new features include:

  • Anti-copying features which will make it nearly impossible to replicate the ballot paper before the election ends. An anti-copying feature is a hidden watermark which will only be visible to the human eye on copied paper, as it is picked up by a printer’s scanner from the original.
  • Additional security verification of ballot papers. This means ballot papers will be additionally scanned and verified before they are counted.
  • Additional scrutiny of the service providers who printed the paper, which included 24-hour monitoring to check the quality of ballots printed and its security.

Bapela said over 60 million ballot papers have been printed for South Africa’s 26.7 million registered voters, which include separate ballot papers for provincial and national elections.

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Additional ballot papers have also been printed for voters who are voting outside their voting district, or who request a second ballot if they’ve made a mistake on their first ballot.

Bapela said the ballot papers were printed in secure locations in Durban and Johannesburg.

The IEC additionally appointed the Printing Federation of South Africa (PIFSA) to assure quality throughout the printing processes, she said.

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