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IEC concerned by poor youth turnout

2014-05-07 08:53
(Marco Longari, AFP)

Bekkersdal - The Electoral Commission (IEC) has expressed concern over the poor youth turn out at the Development Hub voting station in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg.

"It is a concern but it is still early days," said IEC provincial electoral officer Masego Sheburi on Wednesday morning.

"We are hoping the youth will come out later in the day."

Sheburi said they would have preferred people going to vote early in the morning.

He praised the spirit and resilience of the elderly following the torching of the voting station tent.

"They have been here since before break of dawn even before we had a structure. They were still standing here and saying they are going to vote and would wait for as long as it takes to establish the voting station," he said.

Sheburi said the torching of their tent put a dampener on proceedings, but they were expecting a high voter turn out in the area.

"We pitched our tent on Tuesday to ensure we could start on time but because it was torched, it means we started late but all stations are operational now," he said.

There was a heavy police presence in the area with at least 10 police vehicles and a military truck parked at the station.

A police helicopter was flying over the area.

More police and military vehicles were parked at the entrance of the township while others were patrolling the streets.

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