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#Elections2014: Centre torched in Alexandra

It’s believed the unrest was caused after a ballot box was found hidden between shacks.

Alexandra residents, nothern Johannesburg set alight the offices of the ANC councillor and a local clinic during overnight protests on 8 May 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

ALEXANDRA - As counting continues in the 2014 elections, allegations of dumped ballot papers have caused anger in several communities.

Johannesburg police confirmed 31 people were arrested after an overnight protest in Alexandra that saw a multipurpose centre being set alight.

It's believed the unrest was as a result of a ballot box allegedly being found hidden between and inside shacks in the area on Thursday.

In the last half hour, the ANC's Jackson Mthembu appealed to residents not to resort to violence.

"Some of our party agents were held hostage together with IEC officials, but we didn't say anything because we resolved that together with the Inkatha Freedom Party."

An ANC election banner was also damaged. The street outside the centre reopened to traffic, but the debris from the protest is still lying outside the office.

Alexandra residents stoned offices of the ANC ward counsellors in the area and also set part of the building and a clinic alight last night.

A police van and nyala has been deployed in the area to monitor the situation this morning.

Furthermore, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called for an audit of the elections and votes in Gauteng.

The party's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said there have been too many incidents of lost ballots and ballots found in bins across Gauteng, and it appears the IEC is colluding with the ANC to prevent the reality that the ruling party might go below 50 percent in Gauteng.

Ndlozi said the provincial leadership has approached the electoral officer to demand an explanation.

"We'll still consolidate our report about the malfunctions and cross irregularities that constituted both the voting and counting process."

Video: Vote rigging in Alexandra?

The EFF expects 1,000 of its members to gather at the provincial results centre in Johannesburg today to protest against the results in this province.

All pictures in this story are courtesy of EWN.