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Kimberley voting rocking to loud music

2014-05-07 14:33
(Themba Hadebe, AP)
Kimberley - A steady stream of people was heading into voting stations in and around Kimberley by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

While some stations were a bustle of activity, others were slightly quieter.

At the Chabane High School in Galeshewe, presiding officer Lazarus Mpolokeng said 50% of the registered voters had already been through the station by 12:20. His area had 700 registered voters.

Minibus taxis covered in either blue or yellow party colours dropped off mothers with children at the polling station. Party agents erected tents and played lively music at full blast. Some people danced to the music as others bought refreshments and sought the shade of trees alongside the dusty sidewalks.

Baitshasi Mokae, 24, from Galeshewe said she only came to vote after she went to town during the morning.

"I was out very quickly," she said.

Three young children were with her and wanted to see what a polling station looked like.

The queue at the Colville polling station moved steadily along. Outside the tent music played from one of the shops and supporters from the Democratic Alliance and African National Congress danced in the street.

Another station in Beaconsfield was much more sedate. There was also a queue at the Salvation Army Church polling station.

The ANC and DA had erected tents on either side. The ANC's tent had music blasting and the smell from their braai filling the air. The atmosphere at the DA's gazebo was more subdued.

Frikkie Laubscher, 35, said he was helped very quickly at this polling station. He said he came to vote over lunchtime because it was not as busy as the morning.

"We drove past here earlier and there was a queue," he said.

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All voting stations should be open from 07:00 and close at 21:00.

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