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IEC: Joburg voting hours not extended

2011-05-18 17:15

Cape Town - The Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday said there was “no truth” in the rumour that voting hours would be extended in certain areas around Johannesburg.

The spokesperson for the IEC confirmed to News24 that its deputy chief Moepya Mosotho said that the voting day had not been extended for areas in Johannesburg and it would be a “serious step to take” to prolong the voting period.

The commissioner does have the power to extend the voting period should it be deemed necessary.

Only voters who are already in the queue before the closing time of 19:00 will be allowed to vote after 19:00.

Comments
  • Chibuli - 2011-05-18 17:33

    Darn, I heard that voting for the ANC was only STARTING at 7pm this evening!

      j4truth - 2011-05-18 19:00

      Affirmative action?

  • Johan - 2011-05-18 18:09

    This is no strange wonder. The majority of people in SA are so used to receiving extension for due dates and times because they are always slow and late at doing everything.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-18 18:25

      Its because most people were at work and they couldn't vote. It would be fair to extend times if there are people willing to vote.

      Francis - 2011-05-18 18:28

      Yes I agree with that sentiment. I am one who had to work and was unable to get to the polling station to vote. These companies that insisted on us working and not giving us time to vote should be fined heavily. We had no choice, its a case of work or we will replace you. I for one need my job more than my need to vote. The companies should really be fined for this

      tryanything - 2011-05-18 19:16

      @Francis You were working to pay for this election and had no say in the results? Your company should be prosecuted as it was a public holiday...ca nanybody help here??

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