A very smooth voting registration process across KZN

2013-11-11 00:00

THE IEC reported a largely incident-free and smooth voter registration process at stations across KwaZulu-Natal.

Independent Electoral Commission provincial electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said a few voting stations had opened later than the expected 8 am.

“It is one of the smoothest processes we have ever had,” he said.

He said two incidents were reported in Durban and Ixopo, but the IEC officials operated from their vehicles to allow early voters to register until access could be gained at voting stations at about 9 am.

“In some remote areas of KwaZulu-Natal some registration stations were also not open earlier today as heavy overnight rains had made the rural roads impassable,” an IEC statement said.

In Vryheid, one voter had been turned away at a voting station in the Abaqulusi Municipality (Vryheid) after turning up with an ID with a detached photo.

“We did not know if the photo went together with the ID or not,” Mosery explained.

Mosery said the total number of voters who registered at the weekend in KZN would be available later today.

It was previously reported that KZN had more than two million people who were unregistered.

A statement issued by the IEC at midday yesterday showed that about 1,1 million persons visited registration stations throughout the country, with more than 300 000 turning up in KZN.

“Initial trends also point to a relatively high turn-out by young people with up to 75% of new registrations being people under 30 years of age.

“The largest numbers of visits to registration stations recorded by last night were in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape,” the statement said.

ANC provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said apart from voters going to wrong voting stations that no longer operated, there were no major glitches experienced during the registration process.

“Our leadership is on the ground. All is going very well. There are no complaints,” he said.

IFP deputy national spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko also said no major problems were experienced. He added his party leaders encouraged voters to register.

“We encourage people to register for the elections because in a democracy that is how you fight war.

“If you are unhappy, you express disapproval in a vote and you can’t express it unless you register,” Mazibuko said.

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