Voter registration gets off to rocky start in Kapok
Residents have barricaded roads leading into the informal settlement to prevent IEC officials from entering.
- EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 9, 2016
Kapok residents have barricaded roads leading into the informal settlement to prevent IEC officials from accessing the area.
Protesters vandalised a community centre and chased IEC officials away during last month's voter registration drive.
They're up in arms over the lack of basic services and have complained about their local councillor.
Residents have placed rocks, burning tyres and rubble at all entrances into the area.
Police officers have arrived to ensure the safety of residents and IEC officials who are expected to set up a tent as a registration station.
Residents say they lack basic services such as water and lights and feel voting will not make a difference in their lives.
The stage has been set and it seems residents are keeping their promise that they will not take part in the upcoming local government elections.
Meanwhile, the IEC says about 75 per cent of the eligible voting population has registered to vote already and has encouraged more people to register today
About 25.6 million people are currently registered to vote and that number will increase as more people head to registration stations this weekend.
People can register between 8am and 5pm today and tomorrow.