Police in Kuyasa where voting registration was disrupted (Patricia de Lille)
Cape Town – Staff were withdrawn from two voter
registration stations in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Saturday morning after a
group of protesters apparently tried blocking the entrances.
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“The staff was there but we withdrew them on the basis
that it was not conducive to their safety,” said Western Cape Independent
Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) spokesperson, Trevor Davids.
The IEC made the decision on the recommendation of police
in the Kuyasa area.
Provincial electoral officer, Courtney Sampson, said
according to police information, around 20 people tried to block the
He said residents were making use of the registration
station to voice their discontent and that the protest was not aimed at the
Photos on social media showed burnt materials outside the
gate of a station.
Davids said registration was running smoothly in the rest
of the province.
He said there were concerns that road closures for the
2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour would affect access to stations on Sunday. Staff
at some stations would be there earlier. Davids encouraged residents in
affected areas to register on Saturday if possible.
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