Western Cape IEC 'satisfied'

2011-05-18 12:24

Cape Town - The Independent Electoral Commission is quite satisfied with the relatively smooth start to the municipal election in the Western Cape on Wednesday morning, provincial chief electoral officer Courtney Sampson said.

"The early indications from outside are that people are showing interest in this election and that they are making use of the opportunity to come and vote," said Sampson.

All voting stations in the province were functioning well, however there were a few problems with the scanners at some stations.

"But that is not a major issue. The scanner is not an important function, it's just there to help us check through the Voters' Roll if it's necessary."

Otherwise, officials used the Voters' Roll hard copy which was available at all polling stations.

Also, in three places there had been electricity problems early in the morning and they took a bit longer to open.

All were functioning by 08:30.

The three stations involved were Witsand, Blikkiesdorp and Philippi Sampson said.