WC parties launch complaints

Some WC political parties have complained of irregularities and chaos at some polling stations.

EARLY BIRDS: Cape Town residents join the queue at a local polling station during the early hours of the morning on 7 May, 2014. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has come under fire from several political parties in the Western Cape.

But the commission has welcomed the criticism, adding there's always room for improvement.

On Wednesday 7 May the country went to the polls, casting their ballots in South Africa's fifth democratic election.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have complained about irregularities at some polling stations while the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) claims mistakes were made by IEC staff.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille also posted a tweet saying situation was 'chaotic' in many places on Wednesday.

Provincial Electoral Officer Courtney Sampson says there is room to improve on the way things are done.

"I know that it was not perfect. We do have a team of people who want to continue to grow."

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The ACDP's Grant Haskin says in the Table View area, the voting station was left without power: "Just before closing, the power than out of the generators."

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The EFF's Nazier Paulsen raised concerns about irregularities.

"Our experiences do not reflect well and don't reflect on the position presented by the IEC that this election has been a free and fair one."

He said he would give the public more details in coming days.