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Slight hiccups mar voting process in Cape Town

The IEC's Courtney Sampson says all problems will be addressed quickly.

People with umbrellas line up to vote on 3 August 2016. The SA Weather Service warned of cold weather across the country. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An hour and half into the 2016 local government polls and the voting process is going relatively smoothly in most areas in and around Cape Town.

Months of electioneering and preparations are being put to the test.

Speaking at the National Results Centre in Pretoria yesterday, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson, Glen Mashinini, said the commission has done everything it possibly can to ensure the process goes off without a hitch.

"All preparations necessary for the upcoming elections are in place for free, fair, peaceful 2016 municipal elections."

But a voter in Stellenbosch has complained about ballot papers.

"We started voting here in Stellenbosch in one of the wards but after about 30 more people voted we realised that we had wrong ballot papers. The whole office just basically shutdown, and stopped taking in people. I'm not sure what happened to those votes, maybe they're going to be spoiled."



The commission's Courtney Sampson says all problems will be addressed quickly.

"We want to make sure that nobody is denied to vote because of that. It's a printer problem, they have put the wrong sticker on the ballots. So it should be easier for us to manage that particular process."

There are reports of voting stations in some areas including Hammanskraal in Pretoria and parts of Bloemfontein opening late.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO MODEL

Voting appeared to start a few minutes after seven at the country's biggest polling station in Joubert Park in central Johannesburg.

Just under ten thousand voters are registered in the district.

Some voters were annoyed when 7am came and the queue didn't move and one voter said this was taking too much of their time.

"We're not here to model you know. They should have sorted this thing out long time ago. Prearrangement, our government must understand the power of prearrangement."

But the presiding officer says the tent was ready to go.

"The voters just wanted to be sure that they're going into the correct voters roll section but we did open on time. We came as early as 5am, so we were all organised in terms of personnel."

NORTH WEST GOING SMOOTH THUS FAR

Meanwhile, it's been a smooth start at most voting stations in the North West so far this morning.

The Oukasie community hall is the biggest voting stations here in the North West township with over 3,000 thousand people expected to cast their ballots.

The voting station has seen numerous young people come to vote this morning. One first time voter says it's been an overwhelming experience to make her mark for the first time.

Two police officers are standing outside the polling station as members of the public continue to make their way into the venue.

Oukasie falls under the Madibeng Municipality which has been in the spotlight for persistent water shortages in recent years.

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