Damaged roads a worry for KZN special votes

2016-08-01 13:23
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Durban - The main concern for special votes in KwaZulu-Natal is the condition of roads in the province, following flooding last week, the IEC said on Monday.

"We are looking at just over 80 000 special votes, with 50 000 of those being home visits. The home visits are the ones we are worried about, as roads have been damaged. By end of business today, we will be able to know whether we can reach all," provincial IEC operations manager Futhi Masinga told News24.

Special votes for the local government elections would be cast on Monday and Tuesday.

Masinga said that, in the rare event that special voters could not be reached on those days, they would still be able to vote on Wednesday.

"A special voter would have to get someone to transport them to the voting station. At the station, they would be given preference and jump the line."

Masinga said the IEC started operations in KwaZulu-Natal at 08:00 on Monday. There had not been problems.

“Today and tomorrow will be a nice dry run for the level of preparedness for our security establishments and the general running of elections.”

Five people died during the heavy rain and flooding in Durban, eThekwini, and along the South Coast last week.

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