Voting started late in Vuwani, where residents have declared they will boycott the municipal elections on Wednesday, because the police had to clear rubble and other debris for IEC officials and their cars to gain access to the voting stations.
Police were assisted by soldiers to remove the barricades.
Residents of Vuwani, who are protesting the demarcation of their area into a new municipality, have publicly declared they will not vote in the local government elections on Wednesday.
Posters in the community indicated that Vuwani residents would have a soccer tournament. On Tuesday some residents said they would not vote and would instead go to watch the advertised tournament on Wednesday, which was declared a public holiday to allow for voting.
Late on Tuesday various party officials used loudhailers in the streets to appeal to potential voters to go to polling station to cast their votes.
President Jacob Zuma also urged the people of Vuwani to exercise their right to vote.
Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phaahlane said enough police officers had been sent to the area to prevent any intimidation and ensure those who wanted to vote could do so without hindrance.
IEC provincial chairperson Nkaro Mateta said the elections body was ready to “deliver a successful election”.
– African News Agency (ANA)