IEC justifies why several voting stations opened late

The IEC says 40 stations didn’t open on time due to protests, lack of equipment & administration faults.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials during voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says 40 voting stations did not open on time today due to protests, lack of equipment and other administration faults, with the worst affected areas being in Limpopo.

Residents in the Vhembe area have been protesting over the demarcation of municipalities which include the Malumulele area.

Last year, a wave of violent protests rocked the area and traditional leaders have now been asked to intervene.

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IEC chairperson Mosotho Moepya says the 40 voting stations where registration was disrupted, makes up less than one percent of the total number, of areas registering voters today.

Moepya says the problems in Limpopo were caused by the new municipality.

"Following negotiations with community leaders, the electoral commission has removed any reference to either Malamulele or Vuwani, naming the new as 3,4,5 as the new municipality. This is a municipality that has just been established and will come into being on Election Day."

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He says the traditional leaders have assisted in restoring calm.

The IEC says 75 percent of people edible to vote are currently registered but has called on everyone to check their details at their voting stations this week.