IEC presiding officer doesn't recognise Maimane

2016-08-03 19:00
DA emblazoned taxi. (News24)

Port Elizabeth – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane had a bit of trouble getting into a voting station on Wednesday when a presiding officer did not recognise him.

"And you are?" the presiding officer asked.

Maimane was forced to produce a letter from the IEC showing he had permission to visit the voting station in Gelvandale.

Maimane was in Nelson Mandela Bay, where he urged voters to stick it out for the last remaining hours.

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Every vote was essential, he said, and a lot could happen in the last remaining hours before polls closed. He said the party was not taking anything for granted, but that they were feeling confident.

"I'm feeling quite good here. If you said to me: 'Maimane, would you take the position you are in now, at this time?' I would take it. But there is still a long way to go."

His visit was not welcomed by Ward 10 African National Congress candidate Nellie van Oosthuizen, who accused him of campaigning.

"I don't want Maimane in my ward. He is busy canvassing here. He should go now," she said.

She complained that, even though he had permission, it was "bad faith" for Maimane to show up with an entourage.

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