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Tight security at Grabouw polling station

Security officials closely monitor by-elections in Grabouw, in the Western Cape.

Independent Electoral Commission logo. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - Security is tight at voting stations in Grabouw, the Independent Electoral Commission said on Wednesday.

A by-election is currently underway in Ward 11.

The position became vacant after Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Cathy Booysen resigned.

She is now contesting the ward with the ANC.

The IEC's Courtney Sampson said they took every precaution.

"We have dispute resolution people on the ground as well as solid police presence. At this stage, we haven't received any complaints from anybody."

The town was a scene of violent protests in March, when residents demonstrated against overcrowding at the Umyezo Wapa Apile Combined School.

The DA and the ANC blamed each other for the violence.

The Western Cape Education Department closed down the school and some learners were moved to a new site.

Meanwhile, by-elections are currently underway in Ward 45 in Gugulethu.

The post became vacant following the death of a DA councillor earlier in 2012.

The ANC's Nontuthuzelo Dlongodlongo is up against the DA's Siyabulela Mamkeli.