Mbombela - Military vehicles were deployed in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on Wednesday in a bid to ensure peace in an area that had been marked by ANC faction-fighting in recent weeks.
The violence prevented teachers and pupils from going to school in Thulamahashe.
The battle centres around Bohlabela ANC regional chairperson Mandla Ndlovu who is accused of having too much of a vested interest in local businesses, thereby preventing further development.
Residents of Thulamahashe last week threatened not to vote at all.
There has been a heavy police presence in the area, with police and traffic officers working overtime to patrol streets to prevent protests at night.
Voting, however, started peacefully on Wednesday morning.
Voting was quiet, but smooth at the Dwarsloop Civic Centre, which is the constituency of Mpumalanga agriculture MEC Violet Siwela.
Voting also started slowly at the Masana High School and Skhukhuza Secondary School and Assemblies of God Church.
In the nearby Hazyview area, ballot papers arrived late at the Celani Primary School in Bhekiswayo Trust, but voting began on time in Numbi.Download the app by visiting one of these stores.