Thousands still to vote in KZN - IEC

2016-08-03 20:48

Durban - Thousands of people in KwaZulu-Natal have yet to vote with queues in some wards of eThekwini and Msunduzi reaching into the thousands, with the casting of ballots expected to continue into the night.

Independent Electoral Commission spokesperson Mawethu Mosery said that voting was still in progress at approximately 200 stations.

Referring to eThekwini’s Ward 4 (Inchanga), Mosery said counting would go on as long as people were in the lines.

“The whole ward has about 18 000 voters with five stations and that is where the voting is still taking place. I cannot confirm exact figures but three stations are still operational,” he said.

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He said that this was likely due to the areas being “densely populated”.

“The list is too long to mention but around eThekwini I would mention Glebelands, KwaMashu Hostel and others.

“The bulk of our stations have started with the counting with no reports on the numbers as yet. Some of the stations that are still dealing with voters are where we had tents that were blown away by the earlier storm.

“The storm did not only affect our tents but also the power supply in a number of residential areas in the province,” Mosery added.

News24 reported earlier that several tents in KZN had been flattened by strong winds.

Life Response 24/7 spokesperson Leon Fourie said that at a voting station in Durban’s Montpelier Road, two women were injured.

“Both patients sustained head trauma in this ordeal, and were rapidly triaged and treated on the scene. Of the two injured, one woman required further definitive care and was hastily transported to a nearby hospital,” he said.

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