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IEC to keep monitoring voter registration process

Day one of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s voter registration drive has wrapped up.

 IEC officials patiently waiting for residents to register in Bridgton, Oudtshoorn. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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Local Elections

JOHANNESBURG – Day one of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s voter registration drive has wrapped up, and the IEC says it will continue monitoring areas where protests have disrupted the process when stations reopen tomorrow.

The IEC says the vast majority of the country's more than 20,000 voting stations have been fully operational today with no glitches.


But disruptions were reported at several stations and police have been roped in to provide extra security in some affected areas.

In Orange Farm in Gauteng, the IEC was forced to close down one station today due to protests and intimidation of staff.

The Al Tawheed Islamic Centre is one of the voter registration stations meant to be servicing residents of Orange Farm but it has been shut down for the day. 

The IEC’s Masego Sheburi says some disgruntled residents from the Kapok informal settlement started demonstrating at the station at about 11am.

He says the demonstrators chased residents and staff out of the station and it was closed off at around 3pm this afternoon. 

Sheburi says the volunteer staff are from the area and were intimidated by protesting residents.

There are now fears for their safety when they return to their communities.

Sheburi says a heavier police presence will be on site tomorrow.

In the Western Cape, two registration stations were shut down in Khayelitsha following protests by ANC members, while four people were arrested in the Northern Cape after looting three IEC registration points.
The commission reported disruptions in eight of the country's nine provinces.

AFFECTED AREAS:

North West:
Mahikeng, Taung and Marikana.

Mpumalanga: 
Bushbuckridge. 

KwaZulu-Natal:
Ethekwini and Jozini.

Eastern Cape:
Nelson Mandela Bay, Butterworth & OR Tambo.

Northern Cape:
Pampierstad.

Free State:
Maluti-a-Phofung.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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