'Politically aware' elders make their mark in Cape Town

2016-08-02 05:36
76-year-old Maria Nzama casts her special vote. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Cape Town - More than 30 "politically aware" elderly people proudly made their mark for the 2016 municipal elections at their retirement home in Gardens on Monday, an SA Electoral Commission official said.

Andile Klaas, the presiding officer for the voting station at the Jan van Riebeeck High School, visited the nearby Berghof Retirement Home to collect 31 special votes. He was joined by a party agent.

"They were excited and interested in exercising their right to vote," Klaas told News24 afterward.

"These old people, from what I have seen, are passionate and know what they want. They are politically aware and have got definite choices."

Smiling, he compared this to communities he had visited where residents were undecided on who to vote for.

Despite their age, he said, the retirement home residents did not need a lot of assistance.

Voters assisted

The voting station at the high school was expecting 16 special votes on Monday and Tuesday, of which six were already complete.

On Monday afternoon, pupils milled around close to the station, waiting for their lifts.

Klaas said two people needed help at the station.

One was partially blind and apparently could not read the braille template.

"She had to be assisted in my presence and the party agent's presence. She was quite happy about her choices and what happened."

Klaas said the other was an elderly lady who asked her domestic helper to assist her because "she trusted her so much".

Voting times for special votes are from 08:00 to 17:00 on Monday and Tuesday, while Wednesday's voting hours are 07:00 to 19:00.

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