Turnout less than ideal at Landsdowne voting station - IEC

2016-08-03 19:45
Randow Jantjies closes the door of the Lansdowne Civic Centre after the last voter entered. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Cape Town - The doors to the Lansdowne Civic Centre closed behind the final voter at 19:03 on Wednesday.

The IEC's presiding officer at the voting station, Wesley Marshall, said voter turnout had been lower than expected.

"We have 2 697 registered voters on the roll, but the turnout was only 1 674 [by 18:45]," he said. This was a turnout of 62%.

The ideal percentage was generally around 80%, he explained, but conceded that since the final voter registration drive in May, a number may have moved away from the area or may have died. The cold weather may also have played a role, Marshall pointed out.

"Early this morning, people came in their numbers, but this dwindled after the rush. There was, however, a constant stream of people and the station was never empty," he said.

The rush expected after 18:00 also did not materialise.

Marshall, nevertheless, said he had enjoyed his job of overseeing the election process.

"And it was good to see the number of young people who came out today," he said.

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