Care should be taken to ensure the location of polling does not undermine the secrecy of the ballot.
- In some SADC countries, polling stations are in private houses, shops and stores. This compromises the integrity of the voting process and the secrecy of the ballot. Polling stations should be public places, such as schools, tents, mobile vehicles that are neutral.
- In such cases where voting is permitted in military barracks, prisons and hospitals, the process can be open to abuse; potentially undermining the principles of secrecy and freedom of choice