Chaos at some Cape Town voting stations

By Drum Digital
07 May 2014

Some voters in Philippi, Cape Town were turned back home after their names were not found on the voters roll, due to a mix up of papers.

Angry voters said they had been on a voting station since 05h00.

The voting station at Bongolwethu primary school was opened just before 10h00, five hours later only few people managed to vote.

Angry voters who were pushing to get inside and cast their votes, broke a glass door of the school. Nyembezi said more staff was needed at Bongolwethu or the staff won’t be able to finish working on time.

Turned home, Mambele Duba (58), said, “This is very strange because I checked my name when people were registering, and it was there.”

But first time voter, Zimkhitha Manyonyi (20) said she does not have a problem waiting on the queue as long she would be able to vote. “I know which party I’m going to vote for,” she said.

Independent observer Nkosindikhulule Nyembezi told DRUM that the staff at Bongolethu was still finalising preparations. “Only one ballot box was opened, so both votes for provincial and national were going into one ballot box,” he said.

Nyembezi said voters were panicking because no one was helping them. “None of the staff was wearing an IEC t-shirt and voters didn’t know who to ask or what was happening,” he says.

Meantime in Barcelona a voting station was also opened an hour later. - by Priscilla Duma

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