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Elections officially under way

2014-04-29 22:31

Cape Town - The 2014 elections kicked off on Tuesday night as the first votes were cast in, New Zealand.

Gregory Fortuin, a former honorary consul to New Zealand, who was appointed by the late Nelson Mandela in 1998, confirmed to News24 that he had voted earlier in the evening in Wellington.

Other voters took to Twitter:

The voting station in Auckland had opened at 21:00 (07:00 New Zealand time). According to the IEC, all overseas stations would open at 07:00 (local time), and close at 21:00.

More than 26 000 South Africans are eligible to vote worldwide, with the largest number - nearly 10 000, eligible to vote in London, in the UK.

Earlier, AfriForum had expressed dismay at the number of international voting stations available for South Africans living overseas.

"It is disappointing that there are so few voting stations abroad, especially in large countries like Australia, the US and Canada," Sapa reported deputy head of AfriForum Alana Bailey.

She said the organisation believed that distances, time and costs would deter "many" people from voting, according to Sapa.

"We, however, also have sympathy with the fact that every additional voting station brings about a huge financial burden."

Some voters, however, were not going to let travelling be a problem.

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