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Peace at the polls in W Cape

Voting in the Western Cape appears to be going smoothly ten hours in.

People queue to cast their votes at Westerford High School in Rondebosch in Cape Town. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Voting in the Western Cape appears to be progressing smoothly, with 3 million of the country's voters based in the province.

Senior ANC member and Cabinet Minister Ebrahim Patel has cast his vote in Westlake in Cape Town.

He believes the DA-led Western Cape is ready for the ANC's taking.

The DA, ANC, Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) and Congress of the People ( Cope) have all set up stalls within arm's reach of each other at a church in Westlake.

Party supporters sang and danced in the busy street while IEC and police officials kept an eye on proceedings.

Patel chatted to other voters while waiting in line rather than jumping the queue.

He told Eyewitness News change was needed in the Western Cape.

"I think there's one party that will turn around the water, that will turn around the sanitation, that will in fact ensure more houses are being built, and that's the ANC."

Patel added that the DA "spins well, but governs poorly".

At the same time, the ANC leader in the Western Cape has cast his ballot at a Kuilsriver polling station.

Meanwhile, an elderly Mitchells Plain couple say they hope their votes will make a difference for future generations.

68-year-old Arthur and Rosie Morrison walked out of the polling booths at the Mitchells Plain Primary School holding hands and smiling after casting their votes.

The couple, who are both voting for the fourth time, say they are always overjoyed to make their cross and hope their vote counts and benefits the youth of today.

The atmosphere is relaxed as Independent Electoral Commission ( IEC) officials wait while voters trickle in after the morning rush.

At the same time queues at voting stations in various southern suburbs are growing in size.

Young and old are filing through the gates at the voting station at Plumstead High.

Capetonians waiting in the line at the high school have shared different reasons for queuing.

A few told Eyewitness News they wanted to set an example for their children, others said they felt obligated.

One Plumstead resident arrived on crutches and had to be assisted by IEC officials.

He said although he was in pain after tearing his calf muscle, there was only one place he wanted to be today, adding that a simple cross could change the lives of many.

Follow @ewnreporter for up-to-the-minute tweets and go to ewn.co.za for our live election blog.

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