Soweto stations run out of ballot papers

2011-05-18 09:40

Problems with ballot papers have been reported at various voting stations in Soweto, Johannesburg, leaving voters fuming over the delays and the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) “rude officials”.

City Press received reports of various problems with voting stations in Soweto that have not yet received their ballot papers as well as stations running out of ballot papers.

Voting stations at Thutolore school in Meadowlands and at Fontana High in Emdeni had no ballot papers when City Press staff members tried to vote this morning.

At Thembalihle school in Orlando East and at Nancefield Hostel there were no ballot papers when the voting stations opened and in both cases the scanners were not working.

Irate voters at the African Congregation Church in Orlando East were “very upset” with the IEC officials’ “incompetence” when the voting station ran out of ballot papers just before 11am.

“We are voting in Soweto where there are thousands of voters. How can you not be adequately prepared?” Thokozane Nkosi said.

“And the attitude of the IEC officials! We have been standing in the queue for three hours now and they are very rude when we ask questions or ask what is wrong.

“Imagine I speak to my clients in the corporate world like that and tell them I don’t know. They are very incompetent.”

Another voter, Lindie Dlamini, queued since 7am. “There are old people here and people with diabetes. The people are hungry. T

The IEC officials just said there is a problem, they are sorting it out, but they are so rude.”

Local spokesperson for the IEC in Soweto Region 6, Laurence Boyo, said the IEC was not aware of any problems at voting stations but was following up on the reports.

The IEC’s national office was not willing to comment on any problems relating to voting stations as it would brief the media at 12:30pm at the national results operation centre in Pretoria.

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