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Vuwani residents to cast special votes after delay

The IEC says special voting will start in Vuwani today and was only delayed due to low numbers.

As an Nyala patrols a section of Vuwani, kids play in the recently barricaded street behind it. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

PRETORIA - As special voting resumes around the country at 8am this morning, people in Vuwani will finally be able to start casting their ballot today after the Electoral Commission failed to set up their polling stations yesterday.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it decided not to open polling stations there yesterday because only a few people applied to vote outside of Election Day.

Community leaders in Vuwani have said they won't allow voting to take place there after violent protests that saw schools being burnt earlier this year.

The IEC says special voting will start in Vuwani today and was only delayed due to low numbers.

Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says: "The Electoral Commission decided to postpone special voting due to the small number of applications. Only 32 special vote applications had been received in Vuwani."

The commission says security has been intensified in the Limpopo town which has been plagued by protests over a demarcation board decision to remove it from the Makhado municipality.

While residents there have threatened not to vote, the IEC says its stations will be open.

Meanwhile, the IEC is also watching the situation in Tlokwe closely after independent candidates went to the Constitutional Court twice over the information voters had to provide to register to vote.

The commission was ordered to take special measures to ensure it had sufficient particularity about the addresses of voters there for these elections, including voters' addresses on the roll.

IEC Vice Chairperson Terry Tselane says: "Pockets of instability and violence that has capture certain parts of our country have been of major concern but we've been assured the law enforcement agencies that they will deal with the situation and that we should be able to have a smoother operations on the day of the elections."

WATCH: Vuwani declares it will not vote

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