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3 voter registration stations close after residents destroy tents

2016-03-05 12:55
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Kimberley – Three voter registration stations at Pampierstad in the Northern Cape were forced to close on Saturday following community protests in the area.

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Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) provincial head, Bonolo Modise, said they hope to reopen the registration stations later on Saturday.

"The police are currently there monitoring the situation. The people there charged the tents [the IEC were conducting registrations in] and destroyed the tent, materials... everything," Modise said. 

The protests were not related to the registration process.

"We are just caught in the crossfire. We don't really know what the protests are about, but we hear they are protesting about municipal boundaries – apparently they are being moved back to the North West from the Northern Cape," Modise said.

Modise says a new voters' roll had been dispatched to the area and they hoped to reopen the three stations as soon as the situation allowed.

Elsewhere in the province, things were running smoothly. "Things are fairly stable around the province," he said.

Politicians were out and about in the province getting people to register or check their details. First time voters are being targeted.

The ANC has sent several PEC members to garner support in the Calvinia area of the Northern Cape. It lost the municipality in the 2011 local government elections and hoped to recapture it this year. 

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