2 IEC stations in Khayelitsha remain closed

Residents are unhappy about an earlier decision by the Demarcation Board to change ward boundaries.

Voting station in Kuyasa remains closed due to protest. IEC officials have packed up. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Two voting stations in Khayelitsha remain closed due to protest action.

Residents are unhappy about an earlier decision by the Demarcation Board to change ward boundaries.

They say they won't allow Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials to work unless the issue is resolved.

#Elections2016 IEC officials have packed up here at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary in Kuyasa because of demonstrations. XK pic.twitter.com/f8Luqdcrem

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 6, 2016 A police nyala is stationed at the entrance and angry residents are not far from gate.

Resident Mawethu Ndude says they are protesting to force the demarcation board's hand.

"We're taking the IEC because we wanted the demarcation board to come to us. According to our understanding the demarcation last year and this year nothing happened in terms of change. We're just shocked that these things are done without being consulted."

#Elections2016 "Asiyi kwa-97 Makaza" (We are not going to ward 97). Residents also burnt tyres near a pre-school. XK pic.twitter.com/POnqzT2IDl

Just down the road in Harare, several voting stations are in operation but going at a slow pace.

IEC officials at one station say they get one person at every 45 minutes.

WATCH Kuyasa community, Khayelitsha close voter registration station over Demarcation Board decision. #Elections2016 pic.twitter.com/PUUxilmLYq

Two venues in the area were forced to close.

Community leader Pasika Khethekile said residents, are unhappy that the area which previously fell under Ward 95, now falls under Ward 97.