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W Cape polling delays resolved - IEC

2014-05-07 11:03

Cape Town - Voting delays in the Western Cape were caused by a combination of human error and technical glitches, IEC provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson said on Wednesday.

"The first hour of the elections is usually a very wild period when one experiences quite a bit of hiccups and hitches, some of it due to human error, some of them due to technical hitches and so forth," Sampson said while addressing journalists at the provincial results and operations centre in Bellville south.

The majority of the difficulties were experienced in the Cape metro areas.

"The metro for example works in 11 areas. Two of our area managers started moving too late and that affected the areas of Panorama and Claremont," Sampson said.

"But in that first hour we were able to resolve most of our difficulties."

Conflicting reports

At a voting station in Barcelona, Khayelitsha, the IEC had to send in a mediation team to resolve a community dispute.

Early reports suggest residents were not happy with the voting station's presiding officer.

Sampson said they had two conflicting reports from the voting station.

"The one was that things are not running as smooth as they should. The other was that people are actually voting so we're just trying to follow up on that," he said.

In George, strong winds blew down a tent which was meant to serve as a polling station.

"The municipality disaster management assisted in re-erecting the tents but the wind was too strong... so thevoting station had moved to a venue close to it, " said Sampson.

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