(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
The protests were not related to the registration
"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
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
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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