One scanner, 7 000 voters

2011-05-18 10:03

Scanners have been giving electoral officials headaches at some polling stations.

A polling station in Nellmapius, Pretoria, had one ID scanner for about 7 000 voters, resulting in a queue about a kilometre long this morning.

The presiding officer at the Nellmapius Primary School, Tony Sibayi, said it was a struggle to deal with such a big voting area with only one ID scanner.

The IEC had told Sibayi to continue without scanning some voters’ identity documents which meant election officers had to individually check the names against the voters’ roll.As a result of the large roll, some voters had started queuing at 3am this morning.

Some complained about the elderly not having made use of special votes earlier in the week.“They come in taxis and push into the lines,” said 40-year-old Susan Jafta. They should have cast their votes earlier.”

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