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Cops clear way for ballots

2014-05-07 18:53

East London - The IEC in the Eastern Cape has overcome road blocks, intimidation and missing ballot papers for its 4 165 voting stations to be running smoothly, it said on Wednesday.

The Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) officer in the Eastern Cape, Thamsanqa Mraji, said various problems had been reported but had been dealt with.

"The SA Police Service had to clear the barricaded roads and had to force open the voting stations where the locks were changed by the communities in Bamboo Spruit, Jozana's Nek, and Mngcunubeni in Sterkspruit," Mraji said in a statement.

Voters were intimidated at the Kiba voting station, and there were protests in Engcobo, which police dispersed.

An sms was sent to all the presiding officers after the ANC lodged an official complaint when its party agents in Gugwini, Silindile, and Moyeni were turned away for wearing ANC T-shirts.

A number of agents were turned away in the Emundini municipality.

"Parties objecting to ballot boxes that had ballot papers at the start of voting today... those were the special votes ballots which will be integrated with the rest of the ballots," Mraji said after the Economic Freedom Fighters complained.

"Lastly, some media reported on an allegation that at St Anne's voting station in Southernwood 1 400 ballot papers were missing and that the EFF has opened a case."

Mraji said it emerged that the ballot paper packs for St Anne's were with other materials for Coach House.

"The verification took place at Fleet Street police station which is our storage facility. After reconciliation was done, all was recorded and all was found still intact and not tampered with."

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