Voters make their mark

2019-05-15 06:01
Snethemba Sabela (left) and Ayanda Mkhize.PHOTOS:lethiwemakhanya

Snethemba Sabela (left) and Ayanda Mkhize.PHOTOS:lethiwemakhanya

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PEOPLE came out in their numbers and endured long queues to ensure that they were able to cast their vote in the national and provincial elections yesterday.

Voting commenced on Monday and Tuesday with the special votes.

With seven local municipalities under the uMgungundlovu District, 558 000 people registered to vote at the 475 voting stations in the district.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) regional supervisor Khulekane Mdadade said the IEC received just over 9 500 applications for special votes, which was 2 300 more than the previous election.

Mdadade said no serious incidents were reported at the time of going to press yesterday.

However, he said there was an incident at the Saca sports field in ward 37 in Mkondeni on Monday, where there were reports of intimidation and threats made against IEC staff.

He said: “Some community members claimed to have trimmed verges in preparation for the IEC to erect a tent and were demanding payment for this service. But we found out that was not true.

“They [community members] then threatened to burn the IEC tent, which compelled the IEC and SAPS to dismantle the tent after the special votes had concluded.”

The tent was erected again yesterday morning before voting commenced.

Mdadane said there were no further incidents in the area and police were on standby at the voting station to monitor the situation.

Echo visited several voting stations in Imbali where people expressed their sentiments on the 2019 elections.

Esinathi Ngcobo (20), who was voting for the first time in Imbali Unit 13, said she was so excited and she believes that her vote will contribute positively to bringing about change.

“It means a lot to me because it shows that I now have a say in what is going on in our country,” she said.

Joseph Khambule (62), who was voting in Imbali Unit BB, said: “Since I started voting in 1994, I always get excited and look forward to casting my vote. I believe that old people should set an example so that the young people see the importance of voting.”

Sthembiso Hadebe was voting for the fourth time.

“It is my democratic right and I should exercise it.”

The exact number of people who voted in uMgungundlovu was not available at the time of going to print.

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