IEC forced to make way for wedding at Sea Point Civic Centre

IEC staff were forced to set up outside the centre after poor planning resulted in a double booking.

EC forced to make alternative plans because Sea Point Civic Centre has been booked for a wedding. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - It's been a frustrating morning for Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials at the Sea Point Civic Centre who were unable to open for registrations on time because the venue had been double booked.

Several locals were turned away as staff scrambled to make alternative arrangements.

IEC staff arrived at the Sea Point Civic Centre early this morning to find out it had been booked for a wedding reception.

#Elections2016 IEC forced to make alternative plan because Sea Point Civic Centre has been booked for a wedding. RE

Limakatso Lekhanya concedes the bungle is the result of poor planning.

"I'm just here to register people. Now I have to deal with complaints from people and that's not on. It's unprofessional. It should have been sorted out."

While IEC staff set up a gazebo outside the hall to register potential voters, inside the venue, caterers are setting up for the reception set to take place this evening.

"We are busy setting up for the d├ęcor."

Delicate white fabric is being draped all around the hall to transform this drab venue.

At the same time, registration is running smoothly at the Ellerton Primary School in Green Point.


Meanwhile, IEC officials are the only people to be seen around some voting stations in Ceres this morning.

The stations opened at 8am as the second day of voting registration starts across the country.

IEC officials are preparing for what they expect to be yet another quiet day in the Ceres Valley.

One official says most residents work on nearby farms and don't move as often, thus they have no reason to re-register.

The DA and ANC campaigned a stone's throw away from each other near some of the stations yesterday.

Eyewitness News understands both parties will be back today to try to generate support for the upcoming municipal elections.

Meanwhile, while some Western Cape voters are hoping for new leadership in their wards, others say they simply want to vote to be part of history.

Eyewitness News has visited several voter registration stations across the province, talking to those registering.

"When you have a municipality that you didn't vote for and things aren't going well, you end up blaming yourself. At least I will have a voice."

"This is the first year that I've decided to vote because in previous years, I really didn't think that there was someone who was standing up for the rights of everyday people."

"If I complain, I know that at least I voted."