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Police deployed to Bekkersdal

Police will keep an eye on Bekkersdal on the last day of voter registration weekend.

Seven out of twelve registration stations have been closed in Bekkersdal following clashes between community members and the police. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - Police will be closely monitoring Bekkersdal today after Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials came under attack by stone-throwing protesters on Saturday.

Seven of the 12 registration stations in the area were temporarily closed.

Last week, the community threatened to boycott the voter registration process after Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the ANC did not need protestors 'dirty votes'.

Police officers have been deployed to Bekkersdal after angry protesters threw stones at registration stations preventing residents from registering for the 2014 general elections.

Mokonyane has since apologised for her utterances.

The IEC's Terry Tselane says he is hopeful that the situation will be peaceful today.

"We are hoping that before closing time all the stations will be operational and we will be able to get people to participate in the registration process."

Tselane says those who could not register to vote this weekend will be given another opportunity next week.

"Our municipal electoral offices are open during working hours. We've got continuous registration."

Voter registration is from 8am to 5pm.

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