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#Elections2014: Security tightened

Security is being stepped up at voting stations across the country as the nation prepares to vote.

Security is being stepped up at voting stations across the country as the nation prepares to vote. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

BEKKERSDAL - Security is being stepped up at voting stations across the country today as the nation prepares to go to the polls, and in Gauteng, army and police members have been deployed to areas identified as hotspots.

The security cluster has wrapped up its nationwide tour of areas where it expected disruptions during the polls and said the Bekkersdal Township was one of their biggest concerns.

The security cluster team going door to door in Bekkersdal. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

There are more than 20 police and South African National Defence Force vehicles and dozens of troops stationed in the area.

Patrols in the area started at dawn and are expected to continue throughout the day.

It's the area where young people clashed with police during service delivery protests last year.

Some residents have vowed not to take part in the elections after Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the ANC doesn't need their 'dirty votes'.

The army and the police are currently patrolling the area where IEC voting stations will be set up and no demonstrations have taken place so far.

Meanwhile, anger is mounting in Gugulethu on the East Rand over the lack of service delivery.

Angry residents of the informal settlement torched a building belonging to the Community Policing Forum and Transnet.

Picture: EWN.

Yesterday, residents engaged in running battles with police, pelting stones and hurling insults at journalists and municipal officials.

A polling station was also torched as residents continued to make the area ungovernable and inaccessible to Independent Electoral Commission officials.

Video: Security cluster completes election hot-spot areas tour.

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