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IEC addresses registration weekend violence

The commission says most of the disruptions at voting stations were not due to any wrongdoing on its part.

Voting station in Kuyasa remained closed due to protests & IEC officials packed up. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says most of the disruptions at voting stations during registration weekend were not due to any wrongdoing on its part.

This weekend, about 40 stations experienced disruptions due to protests.

As the commission prepares for a second registration weekend in April, it's called on communities not to use violence to address problems.

WATCH: Angry Kapok residents force IEC station to shut down

The IEC's terry tselane says only a small fraction of registration centres experienced disruptions over the weekend.

"The numbers that did not open is roughly about 40, this is out of 22,870 voting stations that we have."

WATCH: Oudtshoorn election registration gets underway

Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says varying reasons were given for the closure of the stations.

"Communities protesting over service delivery, demarcation issues…"

The IEC insists it executed operations effectively in communities where there was no instability.

GALLERY: Voter registration weekend in pictures ...