Nelson Mandela on 1994 ballot

Authentic Nelson Mandela Ballots Are Collector's Item in Limited Supply

Norris Barker, an Arizona-based entrepreneur and school teacher, made news in 1994 when he purchased the surplus ballot papers put up for sale by the South African government following the elections that resulted in Nelson Mandela becoming that country's first black president.

The ballot papers, which are symbols of that historic event are now collectors' items and are in a limited supply. Get your authentic ballot before they are all gone!

Nelson Mandela section of 1994 South African election ballot

IEC strip from Nelson Mandela ballot IEC watermark on Nelson Mandela ballot Above you can see section of the ballot where Nelson Mandela is listed. Notice the watermarking included by the IEC to verify ballots were authentic. The area highlighted above right in red is shown in a larger view at right. The letters IEC are repeated in black and look like a vertical gray stripe when viewed from a slight distance. There is a similar strip along the left side of the ballot also highlighted in red.

At left you can see a zoomed view of the green area marked on the ballot. This shows the background watermark that covers the majority of the ballot along with the flag for Mandela's party, the ANC.

Each of the ballots is also individually number sequentially. Ballots were supplied in books of 100 stapled together so you will see the small staple holes on the left side of the ballot. A box of ballots included 15 books of 100 for a total of 1500 ballots.


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