Smooth start to local govt elections
Johannesburg - South Africa's fourth post-apartheid local government elections got under way without obvious hitches at 07:00 on Wednesday.
Officials at voting stations visited by Sapa reporters said logistics were in place for a smooth poll to elect representatives for municipalities throughout the country.
A total of 10 055 council seats will be contested in 4 277 wards.
In closely contested cities, such as Cape Town in the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, the day also began without incident.
The Independent Electoral Commission said 121 parties and 53 596 candidates would battle it out for the hearts and minds of 23.6mvoters for seats in city and municipal councils.
Voting at all 20 859 stations will close at 19:00.
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