First vote cast in Wonderkop for EFF

2014-05-07 09:01

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The first vote cast at the old clinic in Wonderkop was for the Economic Freedom Fighters, said the first man in the queue, Hendrick Mashasha.

The voting station experienced a few glitches and could not open its doors promptly at 7am. The presiding officer explained that they were having problems with the scanner, which would not read barcodes. The doors were opened shortly before 8am, which caused many of those who had arrived before dawn to become restless, demanding answers.

One of the voters in the queue said it was a waste for him to wake up so early. But the doors were finally opened to the public to cast their votes and Mashasha was the first person to cast his vote after waiting for close to five hours in the queue.

The 35-year-old said it was the third time that he was voting.

“I voted EFF and I’m proud of it,” he said, smiling.

He added that the party he voted for would stand up for him and the rest of the miners in Marikana.

“I think the problems of miners will be changed by my vote. It is very important that people have their voices heard and this is how to do it,” he said.

As he showed his inked thumb, he said he would go back to his house to get some sleep and enjoy the rest of his day.

Nearby was the second voting station at Rakgatla Secondary School where the lines were snaking around to accommodate hundreds of people. A police Nyala was seen patrolling the area as Marikana was tipped as one of the hot spots during the election.

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