Voting station a disaster, says voter

2011-05-18 08:45

The Fourways High School voting station was “totally disorganised” and opened 30 minutes late today, a voter said.

“There was no organisation at all and it took over two-and-a-half hours for me to cast my vote,” said Christine Jones.

The school gates opened at 7am to let people in, but the voting station door opened at 7.30am.

She said there were two queues, one for the elderly, disabled and pregnant women, and the other for ordinary citizens.

Hundreds of people snaked through the school grounds and onto the road.

“The electoral officers were only processing the people in the disability line and totally forgot about us,” said Jones.

To add to the problem, the station had only one hand-held device to issue stickers that were placed on identity documents after voting.

An hour into voting it had run out of paper.

“It took really long for them to go through each person with one device. Towards 9am, they decided to call the regional centre to have another device brought in.”

She said voters were angry that they were not being processed fast enough.

The station had also experienced problems with the names of registered voters on the list.

Some of the names did not corresponding with those on identity documents.

“It was a nightmare. I only left the station at 9am,” said Jones. On the upside, they [electoral officers] were very polite,” she said.

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