Northern Cape voting going smoothly - IEC

2011-05-18 17:08

Kimberley - Voting was proceeding relatively smoothly in the Northern Cape on Wednesday, said provincial electoral officer Bonolo Modise.

No major problems had been reported at any of the voting stations, he said.

Youth at the Gamokatedi voting station, in Kuruman, who had been protesting against poor service delivery and high unemployment rates in the area since Monday, continued with their protests on Wednesday.

However, a high police presence ensured that the situation was swiftly brought under control and that nobody was prevented from voting.

In another incident in Kimberley, a Democratic Alliance party agent complained about the conduct of an IEC party official at the Skilpad Hall voting station.

Modise said he visited the voting station himself on Wednesday morning to resolve the issue.

The ward is being fought by the DA and the African National Congress.

Modise said voting in the Namaqua and Siyanda areas could prove interesting, as the Congress of the People and the ANC were involved in a two-horse race in these areas.

Preliminary voter turnout figures showed that almost a third of the province had voted so far.

More than 50% of registered voters in the Kamiesberg Municipality in Garies, had voted already.

In the Sol Plaatjie municipality, in Kimberley, about 22% of voters had already cast their votes, while 30% of registered voters had voted so far in the Khara Hais municipality, in Upington.

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