Frequently asked questions about voting in the 2014 elections

first_imgSouth Africans gathered for a Freedom Day celebration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Freedom Day, 27 April, marks the day in 1994 when the country held its first democratic elections. This year’s vote takes place on 7 May, in  South Africa’s 20th year of freedom. (Image: The Presidency)• IEC National OfficeSpokesperson: Kate BapelaTel: 012 622 5700Fax: 012 622 5784Cell: 082 600 centre: 0800 11 8000• Physical addressElection HouseRiverside Office Park1303 Heuwel AvenueCenturion0157• Find the IEC onlineWebsiteFacebook TwitterYouTubeCompiled by Mary AlexanderWhy vote? Am I eligible to vote? Where do I vote? What are my rights as a voter? Read our plain English answers to these and many more questions about South Africa’s 2014 elections.Jump to:Before election dayOn election dayAfter election dayBefore election day1. Why vote in the elections?By voting you help make democracy work, and play a part in keeping South Africa’s democracy alive. You help make sure ordinary people have a say in the way the country is governed.By voting, you are using your right as a citizen to choose your government.Voting is your chance to pick the people – in both the national government and the government of your province – who you think will deliver the services you need, and protect your rights.You can vote for anyone you want – the party you supported in earlier elections, a different party, or a new party. Your vote is secret and nobody can tell you who to vote for.2. When are the elections?The elections are on Wednesday 7 May 2014. The day is likely to be proclaimed a public holiday, so everyone has a chance to vote.On Election Day, voting will take place from 07:00 to 21:00 (7 am to 9 pm). If you are still in the queue to vote at 9pm you must still be allowed to vote before the voting station closes.The five-year term of the current parliament ends on 22 April 2014. According to law, elections for a new parliament and provincial governments have to be held within 90 days of this date.3. Who can vote in the elections?You can vote in the elections if:You are a citizen of South AfricaYou are 18 or olderYou have a green bar-coded ID bookYou are registered to vote in your voting district. This means your name and ID number are on the voters’ roll.You are a South African citizen living in another country who has filled out the necessary form at your nearest mission that makes notice of your intention to vote.4. How do I check if I am registered to vote in the 2014 elections?To check if you are registered to vote, and where your voting station is:Call 0800 11 8000 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (inside South Africa)Call +27 11 654 1000 (outside South Africa)Enter your ID number on the Electoral Commission’s My voter registration details web page 5. Can I vote if I’m a South African living abroad?Yes, South Africans living abroad are allowed to vote, but only for the national elections.In order to vote, they must have completed the required notification form at their nearest mission. The deadline for filling in this form closed on 12 March.Voting for South Africans living abroad takes place on 30 April 2014, during the office hours of their embassy or consulate.6. I’m in prison. Can I vote?Yes. In March 2004 South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that even if people had committed a crime and were in prison, they still had the right as citizens of South Africa to vote for their government.The voter registration period for people in prison took place between 5 and 7 February 2014. Voting registration for prisoners is now closed.On 7 May, election day, prisoners will be allowed to vote in the normal way, when their prison is visited by a mobile voting station.The right of prisoners to vote is a sign of South Africa’s strong democracy. In the southern states of the USA, 13% of all black men are not allowed to vote because they have been convicted of felony offences.7. What if I’m not well enough to go to a voting station on election day?Special votes: If you will find it physically difficult to go to the voting station – if you are infirm, old, ill, living with a disability or pregnant – then you can apply for a special vote.If your application for a special vote is successful, an electoral officer will visit your home on either Monday 5 May or Tuesday 6 May, between 9am and 5pm, to let you cast your vote.Applications for special votes are open only at local IEC offices – not at national or provincial offices – from 7 to 17 April. Find your local IEC office on the commission’s contact page.8. What if I’ll be away from home on election day, and won’t be able to get to my voting station?Special votes: If you know you will unavoidably be away from home on election day – for example for a job interview, or on a planned visit to family, or for any other reason – then you can also apply for a special vote.If your application for a special vote is successful, you will be able to visit your election station on either Monday 5 May or Tuesday 6 May, between 9am and 5pm, to cast your vote.Applications for special votes are open only at local IEC offices – not at national or provincial offices – from 7 to 17 April. Find your local IEC office on the commission’s contact page.9. What will I be voting for?You have two votes:You vote once in the national elections for the party of your choice to be represented in the National Assembly in parliament.Your second vote is in the provincial elections for the party of your choice to be represented in the legislature of your province.10. What are my rights as a voter?You have 10 rights as a voter:The right to free and fair electionsThe right to voteThe right not to voteThe right to spoil your voteThe right to vote once in each electionThe right to your own free choiceThe right to a secret voteThe right to get help to voteThe right to vote safelyThe right to make a complaint On election day11. Where do I vote?You must vote at the voting station for the district in which you are registered.If you have voted in earlier elections, your voting station is probably at the same place you voted at before.If you registered to vote in November 2013 or February 2014, your voting station will be at the same place you registered.If you’re not sure where to vote, enter your ID number on the Electoral Commission’s My voter registration details web page. This will confirm whether you are registered to vote or not, and tell you where to vote.If you go to the wrong voting station, the voting officers there will tell you where your right voting station is.The IEC will issue the final list of voting stations on 10 April.12. What if my voting station is far away, and I don’t have transport?In a small number of voting districts, the Electoral Commission will send out mobile voting stations to reach voters in remote and sparsely populated areas. Even if you live far away from big cities, you still have the right to vote.You must vote in the voting district where you registered to vote.On 10 April the IEC will issue a list mobile voting stations, the routes they will follow, where they will stop and the estimated hours they will spend at each stop.13. How long will it take to vote?You should not spend too long in the queue as there are a fixed number of voters registered to vote at each voting station, and election day is likely to be made a public holiday.Try to vote during normal working hours. The busiest voting times are before working hours, over lunch hour and after working hours.If you are still in the queue at 21:00 (9 pm) at the end of election day, you must be allowed to vote before the voting station can close.14. How do I vote?You have to mark the ballot paper in a way that shows the party you want to vote for. You can do this by making a cross in the box next to the name of the party you support, or in another way that clearly indicates the party you are choosing.If you are unsure about how to vote, go to a voter education workshop run by one of the IEC-accredited voter-education organisations or by your political party.15. What are the steps in the voting process?You show your ID document.The voting officer checks and scans the bar code of your ID document.The voting officer checks to see if your name is on the section of the voters’ roll for your voting district.Your hands are checked to see if they have been marked with indelible ink – to make sure you haven’t voted already.Your name is crossed off the section of the voters’ roll for your voting district. In the 2014 elections, the full voters’ roll will also be available in electronic format on the bar-code scanner devices at each voting station in case there are disputes about the right of anyone to vote in that voting district, and to find people’s correct voting station.Your left thumb will be marked with indelible ink to make sure that you do not vote again in the 2014 elections.An official stamp is put on the back of your ballot papers.You have one ballot paper for the national elections and one ballot paper for the provincial elections.You go into the voting booth and make a cross for one party on each of the ballot papers. If you are not sure how to vote, you can ask for help from a voting officer.You fold the ballot papers and put the national one into the national ballot box and the provincial one into the provincial ballot box. A voting officer will check to see that the ballot papers have the official stamps on the back before they are put into the boxes.16. What if I am physically disabled?Bring along someone to help you. This person must be at least 18 years of age, and not a party agent or candidate on a party list.Ask the presiding officer or a voting officer for help.Apply for a special vote.17. What if I have difficulty reading?Ask the presiding officer or a voting officer for help. They will ask an accredited observer and two party agents, from different parties, to watch while they help you.Ask the voting officer for a universal ballot template, a voting aid designed to assist sight-impaired citizens with voting.Find out more about voting aid for voters with disabilities and special needs.18. What if I make a mistake on my ballot paper?If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, you can get a new one from a voting officer.You can only get a new ballot paper if you notice the mistake before you put your vote into the ballot box.If you get a new ballot paper, your old ballot paper will be cancelled. After election day19. After the election, how will the votes be counted?Counting will mostly happen at each voting station.Votes can be counted at a place other than at the voting station only with the approval of the IEC.Since the 2009 elections, there are improved controls over the record paper with the final results for a voting station. This has to be signed by the presiding officer and all political parties, and then scanned to create an immediate record and so more trust and openness in the process of compiling results.20. How will the election results be worked out and announced?The overall election results will be worked out using a computer system at centralised venues under the control of the IEC.There will also be accredited observers and party agents at these venues to check that everything is done correctly and fairly.You can object against anything that happens during the elections that can affect the election results.You must make an objection before 17:00 on the second day after voting.The IEC will investigate your objection and can ask you to give evidence about the objection.The IEC will decide what to do about the objection. The IEC must make a decision within three days after receiving your objection.If you are not happy with the IEC’s decision, you can appeal to the Electoral Court within three days of the IEC’s decision.After all objections are dealt with, the IEC must announce the final results within seven days of Election Day. In practice, the IEC has managed to announce election results on the third day after Voting Day.Source: Media Guide: National and Provincial Elections 2014last_img read more

How to Secure Your Jailbroken iPhone

first_imgTags:#Apple#How To#mobile#news#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Earlier this week, the news of the first iPhone worm made its way around the net. Since the worm only targeted jailbroken devices and then only those which had the SSH program installed, there wasn’t a need for concern on the part of most iPhone users. However, a second hacker tool which uses the same security hole as the so-called iKee worm has reared its head and this one is far more dangerous. According to security firm Intego, the new hacker tool goes after personal data stored on the device including email, contacts, SMS messages, calendars, photos, music files, videos and any other data recorded by any iPhone app. In other words, if you’re the owner of a jailbroken phone, you should now be concerned. New iPhone Worm DiscoveredUnlike the relatively innocuous iKee worm which the creator designed more as a “public service” to alert users to the potential for malware on the iPhone, the new hacker tool, dubbed “iPhone/Privacy.A,” is the real deal. Where iKee simply switched the iPhone wallpaper to display a photo of singer Rick Astley (a nod to the internet meme of rickrolling), Privacy.A gives the user no indication that it is running on the device.The new hacker tool also operates a bit differently than iKee does, as it doesn’t have to sit on the iPhone itself in order to inflect its damage or spread. The hacker can either load the worm onto their personal device and then monitor the network for jailbroken devices to attack or they can load the malicious program onto a computer. As Intego points out in their post, this computer could be on a public network at an Internet cafe or retail store. In that scenario, the tool would then scan for any other jailbroken iPhones that came within range of the Wi-Fi network and attack them. How to Secure your iPhoneAlthough many jailbreakers are tech-savvy enough to know how to lock down their devices to protect themselves from attack, there are quite a few who have simply followed online instructions such asthese to perform the jailbreak. This group, while arguably somewhat tech-savvy, doesn’t necessarily know all the nitty-gritty details about the iPhone filesystem or its security mechanisms.To make it easy on these users, we’ve provided steps on how to change your iPhone’s root password – the common denominator required in order for the malware to gain access to your device. While some may argue there’s no need to change your root password if you haven’t also installed the SSH program, another necessary element for these attacks to work, we think that’s a little short-sighted. It would be easy enough for a malicious hacker to trick jailbreakers into installing SSH by bundling it with some other third-party application offered through underground App Stores like Cydida or Icy. By masquerading as something innocent like a wallpaper-changer or ringtone bundle, a hacker could easily set up a number of jailbreakers with SSH without the victims even being aware that it has been installed. Although we haven’t heard of anything like this happening yet, if we thought of it then you can bet that the hackers out there have thought of it too. Changing the Root PasswordThe best protection is to simply change your iPhone root password. That will keep you safe from the current iPhone malware…as least for now. Here’s how:Install the MobileTerminal application from Cydia. Reboot your iPhone. Launch MobileTerminal and type in the command: passwdAt the prompt which asks for the “Old Password,” type in: alpineAt the new password prompt, type in a new password of your choosing, making sure to pick something strong. Re-enter the password to confirm. You’ll then be returned to the Mobile$ prompt which means the change was successful. Now you’ll need to change the password for the secondary admin. Type in the command login root.Again, you’re prompted for the old password. Type in alpine.Now type in the command passwdYou’ll then go through the change password routine a second time, entering in alpine as the old password, creating a new password and then re-entering it to confirm. When you are finished, close the application. Note: these instructions assume you are running iPhone OS 3.0 or higher.Update 11/16: Intego requested that the new attack be described as a “hacker tool,” not a worm. last_img read more

Aerial Video Toolkit

first_imgHigh-Flying Footage, Music, and Video ElementsWhether it’s soaring above New York City or flying over a vast forest, aerial shots can be striking additions to any video project. As establishing shots, they’re ideal — they effortlessly introduce location, and they look great doing it. They’re also a superb way to add a cinematic, big-budget look to your work.If you’ve always wanted to add an aerial shot into one of your projects but lack the resources to do so, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up all the elements you need to build your own eye-catching aerial sequence without ever leaving the ground.So dive on in to our latest toolkit and pick up professionally shot stock footage, soaring royalty free music, and high-flying video elements to match. Customizable After Effects TemplatesPut the finishing touches on your aerial shot with these After Effects templates made by our friends over at RocketStock.Introduce the location of your aerial with Venue, a striking pack of lower thirds. Or incorporate aerial footage into a title sequence with Keyworks. Or to make your shot really stand out, check out video slideshow, Waypoint.Have a look at our recommendations, then head to RocketStock to see their full collection. They even have a huge range of freebies available too!Get After Effects Templates. Breathtaking Aerial FootageUsing stock aerial footage comes with huge benefits. For starters, to get the right shot, you won’t need to pay for permits or for helicopter rental. Plus, if you’re not actually shooting on-location, it saves on travel costs.The team at Shutterstock have kindly hand-picked over 100 of their finest aerial shots. This striking set features everything from footage of major world city skylines to a huge variety of landscapes and more. It’s a great, diverse selection that we recommend you keep in mind whenever you need aerial footage.Get Aerial Footagecenter_img High-flying MusicAt PremiumBeat, we believe that pairing the right track with the right aerial shot is magic. That’s why our music team has compiled a playlist of royalty free tracks that are ideal for aerial footage.Ranging from majestic orchestral cues to inspiring, playful instrumentals, these tracks effortlessly evoke the joy and wonder of flight. Take a listen and find the perfect track for your project.last_img read more

Trae Young’s last-second basket lifts Hawks past 76ers

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Huerter’s steal from Embiid and jam gave Atlanta a 122-121 lead. Another turnover by Embiid, this time on a pass, set up an Atlanta fast-break opportunity which Young couldn’t convert. Young fouled Butler, who made two free throws.Young’s long 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 125-123 lead, but Butler tied the game with a basket. Then, with 39.9 seconds remaining, Butler sank two free throws to give Philadelphia a 127-125 lead. Prince answered with a tying layup.The Hawks were left with 3.5 seconds after the 76ers’ 24-second violation, with Butler’s miss waved off as coming too late.After snapping Utah’s five-game winning streak by beating the Jazz 117-114 on Thursday night, the Hawks dropped another streaking playoff-bound team.Atlanta led 74-68 at halftime and stretched the lead to 12 points, at 97-85, on Alex Len’s three-point play. The 76ers closed the gap with 10 straight points and pulled even at 100-all on JJ Redick’s 3-pointer to end the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With Steph Curry out, Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki lift Mavs over Warriors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Butler missed a long attempt as the final buzzer sounded.Taurean Prince had 23 points for Atlanta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Butler had 25 points for Philadelphia.The 76ers began the night with a solid hold on third place in the Eastern Conference, 3½ games ahead of Indiana and four games ahead of Boston. Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak included a win over Boston on Wednesday night. Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 32 points, including a last-second, go-ahead floater, to give the Atlanta Hawks a 129-127 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night, ending the 76ers’ six-game winning streak.With 3.5 seconds remaining, Young took the inbound pass from Kevin Huerter and dribbled past Jimmy Butler before sinking the short, soft jumper for the lead with 0.1 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Embiid posted his 16th straight double-double and 54th overall this season. He had 37 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.TIP-INS76ers: C Boban Marjanovic, left unguarded in the corner, sank his first career 3-pointer in the first quarter. It was only the fourth career 3-point attempt in six seasons for the 7-foot-3 native of Serbia. … The 76ers made 13 of 20 shots (60 percent) from the field in the first quarter. … T.J. McConnell left the game with a bloody nose late in the third period. Coach Brett Brown was upset there was no foul called, even after a video review, on contact which caused the bloody nose. McConnell returned midway through the fourth.Hawks: Young had 11 assists. … Atlanta matched its season high for most points in a first half. The Hawks also scored 74 points in the first half against Miami in a 123-118 win on Nov. 3. The 74 points were the most allowed in a first half by the 76ers this season.UP NEXT76ers: At Orlando on Monday night.Hawks: At New Orleans on Tuesday night. LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Cubs Beat Pirates for Wild Card, 4-0

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they’re too young to be here.The stage they seemingly weren’t ready for now seems hardly big enough to contain them. Not with Jake Arrieta dealing. Not with a group of 20-somethings in the field that play with swagger and confidence. Not with a manager adept at keeping the minds of his rapidly maturing team decidedly clutter-free.Watch out baseball, the Cubs — yes, the Cubs — are ahead of schedule. And the timetable only seems to be picking up speed for Joe Maddon’s bunch.Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 7. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Oct. 9.“I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year,” said Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 wins. “This atmosphere, the energy was unbelievable. Tried to use it to the best of my ability. They were loud, they were really loud.”Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber, a rookie who began his season in Double-A, added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.“Jake told me when we talked last night, he said, ‘You give me a few runs, I’m good,’” Fowler said. “And I said, ‘All right, bro, we’ll see what we can do.’”The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball’s youngest teams, one that looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.“You don’t think that these guys are 21, 23 years old, because they don’t play like it,” Arrieta said. “They have elevated their play to a level that’s beyond their years, and it’s one of the big reasons we’re here.”Sounds a lot like the Houston Astros, by the way. They opened this year’s postseason Oct. 6 by winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Pittsburgh was knocked out after finishing second in the majors with 98 victories this year. Last season, the Pirates also were shut out on four hits at home in the wild-card game, losing to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.“Two years in a row we’ve drawn a tough bull,” manager Clint Hurdle said.The bearded, 29-year-old Arrieta, still unbeaten since July 25, stretched his remarkable second half — in which he posted an 0.75 ERA — into the opening round of the playoffs. He threw the first complete-game shutout for the Cubs in the postseason since Claude Passeau tossed a one-hitter in the 1945 World Series against Detroit.Arrieta even laughed off a weird sequence in the seventh when Watson’s fastball hit him in his left side. The benches and bullpens cleared when Watson was issued a warning, leading to little more than a few heated exchanges along the first base line.Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, who’d already been pulled, was ejected and proceeded to give an unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.“It’s two teams battling, grinding it out, supporting their own guys, and sometimes those things happen,” Arrieta said. “But we moved past it, and after that point it was just baseball as usual.”And Arrieta was basically unhittable, as usual.Hurdle shelved slugger Pedro Alvarez — whose 27 homers led the team but whose 23 errors made him a defensive liability — in favor of more sure-handed Rodriguez. Hurdle pointed to the athleticism Rodriguez brought as a major factor, figuring the Pirates would need to get creative to score against Arrieta rather than hope Alvarez runs into the kind of mistake Arrieta has avoided nearly all season.Maddon took the opposite approach, starting Kris Bryant in left and Schwarber in right and Tommy La Stella at third — positions each had played only sparingly during the regular season — because it was the lineup that presented the most firepower.Did it ever.Chicago took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Fowler led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to left by Schwarber.The two hooked up again in the third. Fowler singled with one out and Schwarber turned an 88 mph slider from Cole into a massive two-run shot that appeared destined for the downtown Pittsburgh skyline before disappearing over the stands in right field.“I watched,” Schwarber admitted with a laugh.The blast drained whatever juice remained from a crowd that spent the buildup to the showdown between the teams with the second and third best record in the majors trying to get a rise out of Arrieta on Twitter. All it did was fire him up, tweeting “whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter.”Pretty much.Maddon has preached a “keep it simple” approach since taking over last winter. When Arrieta is on the hill, Maddon’s job tends to get pretty easy.Arrieta retired 10 straight at one point, his only real wobbles coming in the sixth and seventh. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out behind a single, a hit batter and an error.Starling Marte’s sharp grounder, however, rolled right to Addison Russell at shortstop. A toss to second and a throw to first later to complete the double play, and Arrieta and the rest of his teammates were pumping their fist on the way back to the dugout.The team with the best road record in the majors this season hardly fazed by the stakes or the weight of 106 years of postseason futility.The Pirates, meanwhile, head into the offseason after a brief nine-inning stay. Last fall it was Bumgarner and the Giants who silenced the masses in an 8-0 whitewash on their way to winning the World Series.This time it was Arrieta’s turn, perhaps a more alarming development considering the Pirates will spend a large portion of the next decade trying to keep up with Schwarber, Bryant and Russell as well as the Cardinals in the hyper-competitive NL Central. St. Louis led the majors with 100 wins.“Well, sports is hard,” Hurdle said. “Life’s not fair. You go out and play. You get beat, you move on.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more