Mixed turnout at Tlokwe voting stations

2013-08-07 20:43
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Potchefstroom - There was a poor voter turnout at the Mohadin Community Hall in the Tlokwe Ward 9 by-election on Wednesday.

Of 1 150 registered voters, 293 had made their cross by 19:00, presiding officer Miemie Modise said.

"Things are going well, but very slowly." She said she did not know why there was a bad voter turnout.

"I don't know if party agents have been doing their job."

Modise said there was a 1% special vote, but that person did not arrive.

Meanwhile, the voting station at the Boikhotso Secondary School in Ikageng, Potchefstroom was a hive of activity with political parties waiting at the entrance to meet voters.

By 17:30 822 people had voted at the school. Makodi said voting at the school, in Ikageng, had been going well.

The voting station would close at 21:00.

Results were expected later in the evening or in the early hours of Thursday.

Tension between political parties simmered, with claims of voter intimidation.

Makodi said he was not worried about what happened outside the voting station as long as everything inside went well.

The IEC was forced to cordon off areas outside the school, where political parties waited to greet voters.

Party officials were told to stand behind the tape and not interfere with voters. This did not stop them from shouting insults at each other.

The ward was being contested by the ANC, the DA, Cope, the African People's Convention, and one independent candidate.

DA and Cope members sang and danced together.

Supporters for independent candidate Khotso Ratikoane burned imphepo, a wild herb commonly used by sangomas.

The supporters said they were trying to clear the negative atmosphere.

Read more on:    cope  |  da  |  anc  |  iec  |  mahikeng  |  politics  |  tlokwe leadership battle  |  elections

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