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Paarl residents threaten to disrupt last day of registration weekend

A group of demonstrators ransacked serval registration points, forcing them to shut down yesterday.

FILE: A police Nyala and officers dressed in riot gear can be seen outside the Municipal offices.Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police remain on high alert in Mbekweni outside Paarl after service delivery protesters have once again threatened to disrupt the final voter registration day.

A group of demonstrators ransacked several registration points, forcing them to shut down yesterday.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials met with local councillors this afternoon in a bid to restore calm in the community.

A police Nyala and officers dressed in riot gear can be seen outside the Municipal offices.

The streets are eerily quiet following yesterday's violence.

A group of disgruntled residents shuffled into a small sport's stadium where they are expected to be addressed by the African National Congress (ANC) provincial leadership.

Some protesters forced the closure of all the IEC registration stations over service delivery issues in the area.

The commission's officials say while the situation has calmed down considerably, they're convinced yesterday's demonstrations have resulted in fewer people coming out to register today, out of fear of being intimidated.

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