Despite some glitches, voting off to ‘smooth, steady start’

The IEC has dealt with 28 complaints related to the polls so far, and all but seven have been resolved.

IEC Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says the 2016 Local Government Elections are off to a highly satisfying start, despite some voting stations opening late or not at all at the start of special voting this morning.

Moepya also says the Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) has dealt with 28 complaints related to the polls so far, and all but seven have been resolved.

More than 719, 000 people will cast special ballots today and tomorrow.

In the first of many updates at the IEC's National Results Centre in Pretoria, Moepya says overall special voting got off to a smooth and steady start and the vast majority of voting stations opened on time this morning.

He says in very few instances, there were delays, or voting stations failed to open.

Community protests caused problems in seven wards, including one in Midvaal and another in Emfuleni in Gauteng.

Incorrect ballot papers were delivered to four stations, while car crashes involving IEC staff and heavy rains were also to blame for some of the delays.

Moepya says the commission is still investigating seven complaints related to the polls and hopes to resolve at least one of them by this afternoon.