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#Elections2014: Special votes running smoothly

The IEC said the first day of voting went well despite some minor incidents.

The IEC said the first day of voting went well despite some minor incidents. Picture: supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Nearly 400,000 people are expected to cast their special votes by the end of today.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the first day of voting around the country went smoothly despite some minor incidents.

Video: Tlakula casts her special vote.

IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said the outcome of the first day of special voting in the country proved that the commission is ready for the election day tomorrow.

"This provides a good if you can call it a trial run for Wednesday."

Tlakula said law enforcement officers have been deployed to protest-hit communities to ensure the security of the voting process.

"The police have been deployed to these areas to monitor the situation."

At the same time, more ballot papers from some international voting stations are expected to arrive in the country today and the votes will be combined into a single international voting district.

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Monday visited the IEC's results operation centre in Pretoria.

Wearing his signature red EFF attire and accompanied by some supporters, the politician said his visit was to ensure the IEC was ready for Wednesday's elections.

Malema said his party is prepared to emerge victorious.