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Half of Cape Town voting stations close late

2014-05-07 23:41
(Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa)
Cape Town - Just over 50% of the voting stations in the Cape Town metro closed their doors by 21:00, IEC Western Cape electoral officer Courtney Sampson said on Wednesday night.

"Voting stations will stay open until the last person in the queue has voted," Sampson said.

IEC officials were forced to move ballot papers from voting station to voting station after shortages were experienced.

"The ballot papers are chasing the voters, and not the other way around," an official said.

Voters trying to avoid long queues were voting at polling stations where they were not registered, causing some stations to run out of ballot papers.

Political party representatives started streaming to the provincial results and operations centre in Bellville South just after 21:00 to get some indication of how people voted.

Some of the smaller voting stations had started counting ballots, but a clearer picture of voting patterns in the province was only expected to emerge from Thursday.

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- SAPA
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