'Hectic day' at usually quiet voting station - Dobsonville IEC officer

2016-08-03 20:49
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Johannesburg - The voting station at Nokuphila Clinic in Dobsonville saw its biggest voter turnout in over 20 years, the IEC’s presiding officer said on Wednesday.

"It's been a very hectic day. This is a quiet voting station, but this time it was awesome," Sindi Sekoele said, with a proud smile on her face.

She worked with a group of young, eager locals who did not look as though they had been on their feet since the early hours of Wednesday morning.

While instructing the volunteers to start taking down the IEC’s banner, Sekoele told News24 that they had been busy from 07:00, when the station opened, until it closed at 19:00.

The speculation in the days preceding election day that people were not keen to vote was clearly wrong, she said.

There were 2 359 registered voters at the station, and she estimated that about 80% of them had voted.

"I think that we are standing at almost 2 000. That's a big achievement. It doesn't matter who people voted for," she said.

The only real hiccup her station had experienced during the day was running out of ballot papers. This caused a slight delay for voters while they waited for the area manager to bring more.

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