Mkhize visits PMB voting stations

2011-05-19 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize voted in Willowfountain at 7.30 am yesterday.

He then visited several polling stations in the Pietermaritzburg area to ensure the voting process was going smoothly and to encourage people to vote.

Mhikze said at Mpophomeni, near Howick, that all the voters he had seen appeared to be in a jovial mood, and he had not encountered any problems at any voting stations. “There are some queues that are very long, but even the elderly with their aches and pains are waiting patiently… It shows we have a culture of voting well entrenched,” he said.

He hopes that the ANC will take some new wards, and said that a stay away due to unhappiness over ANC candidates is not likely.

“We dealt with those complaints. The percentage at local election polls is always less that national.” He said that the issues arose because they are dealing with local municipalities. “It’s because there is a local flavour, people are dealing with who they know.”

He called on parties to accept the outcome of elections without resorting to violence. “This is the life for South Africa. It should be a celebration, not have any tensions … We fought for democracy because we believe that’s the best form of governance,” he said.

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