IEC disputes reports it has run out of ballot papers at some Gauteng voting stations

2019-05-08 14:03
IEC voting station
IEC (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Some voters have taken to social media platforms to complain that voting stations in Modderfontein, Wendywood and Sandton in Gauteng have run out of ballot papers.

Twitter user @NompiloP said she had been standing in the queue since 07:00, at Modderfontein Heritage Christian College.

"They opened late and now they have ran out off ballot papers. This is really frustrating, the is team so disorganized (sic) and no apologies."

Twitter user @morrisgoodman also tweeted that ballot papers had run out at the village station at Modderfontein Heritage College.

Former Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete took to Twitter to complain that ballot papers had finished at his voting station in Wendywood.

@SlooPhaho said that he had gone to voting stations in Wendywood and Ernest Ullman Park where ballot papers had not been delivered yet.

There were similar complaints from other Twitter users about the voting stations in the two areas.

IEC outreach and communications manager in Gauteng, Moses Pitso, said they had not received any complaints about the shortage of ballot papers in Modderfontein, Wendywood and Ernest Ullman voting stations. However, he said a complaint had been received about Tshwane.

"We have not received any report about voters complaining about lack of ballot papers. We have ward managers in the area, who are driving around inspecting if there are shortages. If there is a shortage, we quickly replenish.

"We can confirm that we have received a complaint in Tshwane and we quickly attended to it and replenished with more ballot papers," said Pitso.

Voters at Hoërskool Pretoria-Wes were also left frustrated on Wednesday after the voting station ran out ballot papers. 

Several voters described their frustrations having to wait for over two hours to vote as both the national and provincial ballot papers ran out. 

According to one voter, voting at the station was halted at 12:00 and only started again after 14:00. 

Another voter who did not want to be named said that election officials kept promising every 15 minutes that ballot papers were on their way.  

“The experience was not so good, we waited for two hours as the station ran out of ballot papers," one voter told News24. 

She added that they had to wait in line and that it was also getting cold which frustrated voters even more. 

An IEC official at the voting confirmed that they ran out of ballot papers and that new stock was received at 14:00.

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