The Electoral Commission (IEC) says voting has proceeded well in the Eastern Cape, with only one of the 4791 voting stations that had not opened at midday today.
“This was due to community protest action at Ntlangano,” said provincial spokesperson Julie Stanworth in a statement earlier today.
In Komani, rainy conditions did not deter voters.
No serious incidents had been reported in the area.
Stanworth said within the Buffalo City Metro Municipality two incidents were reported where people operating the political party tables located outside the boundary of the voting station were asking people for their names and then telling them they need not proceed as their names do not appear on the voters roll.
“We are urging any voters that may have experienced this to please return to the voting station and proceed to vote,” Stanworth said.
She explained that as matters are reported they are investigated by the Electoral Commission team at the provincial nerve centre in order to ensure the electoral process can proceed without minor queries causing unnecessary delays.
In the Mbashe Municipal area, a deputy presiding officer passed away last evening due to illness. The Electoral Commission extended its condolences to the official’s family.
The Electoral Commission urges voters to go and vote as soon as possible and not wait for the final few minutes.
However, said Stanworth, if there are any voters in the queue within the boundary of a voting station at 21h00, they will not be turned away and will be able to proceed.