CAPE TOWN Sunny. Cool.

7 day
  • Wednesday 15-18°c Showers late. Afternoon clouds. Cool. Showers late. Afternoon clouds. Cool.
    Thursday 16-21°c Clearing skies. Cool. Clearing skies. Cool.
    Friday 15-23°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Saturday 17-22°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 17-21°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Monday 17-20°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
More News

Rain, violence disrupt some IEC stations

2014-02-08 19:00

Johannesburg - While most voter registration stations opened smoothly on Saturday, some problems with violence and roads rendered impassable by rains were experienced, the Independent Electoral Commission said.

"The vast majority of registration stations opened on schedule at 08:00 today for the final weekend registration drive and officials reported a smooth start to registration in all but a handful of the country’s 22 263 voting stations."

In Bekkersdal on the Johannesburg West Rand, petrol bombs were thrown at two voter registration stations and registration staff were threatened, the IEC said in a statement.

The IEC was monitoring the situation and would re-open the Bekkersdal stations as soon as possible.

Most of the hitches, however, were related to recent heavy rains and some voter registration stations opened late due to impassable roads in remote rural areas, the IEC said in a statement.

"In Limpopo, in the Musina and Mutale areas officials had to wade across a flooded low-level bridge to reach registration stations, while elsewhere in the North West, in the Kagisano and Molopo areas, official vehicles became bogged down in mud and had to be rescued by security forces.

"Flooding also affected the delivery of registration materials in the Northern Cape in the Joe Morolong municipality."

The IEC expressed gratitude for co-operation from communities and political parties to ensure that eligible voters could register on the last voter registration weekend.

Unregistered voters were urged to take this weekend to make sure they were able to vote in the general elections, which President Jacob Zuma announced would be held on 7 May.

The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal expressed satisfaction with the voter registration in the province on Saturday.

"We are satisfied that the open voter registration drive is proceeding as planned," provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said in a statement.

"Most voting stations opened on time and in most of them the IEC Officials were ready and had the appropriate material to conduct voter registration."

He called on all eligible voters to ensure they were registered on the voters' roll before the end of the weekend.

"Voting is not just a right or privilege; it is a responsibility for every South African citizen to determine the future of his or her country," Zikalala said.

It's your last chance to register for Elections 2014. Download News24's free Elections App to check if you are registered, on Android or iOS.

Read more on: anc  |  iec  |  jacob zuma  |  sihle zikalala  |  johannesburg  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |