Steven Tau
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7 Mar 2016
11:33 am

IEC pleased with voter registration weekend

Steven Tau

"The voter registration weekend went well despite some of the challenges experienced."- Bapela

FILE PIC: IEC officials help people determine their voting districts. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), says it will provide more details on how voter registrations went at the weekend on Tuesday.

There were a number of hiccups reported during registrations at the weekend in various parts of the country.

At the weekend, the IEC said most of the voting stations which were closed due to community protests were able to open following interventions from various stakeholders including the security forces, community leaders and civil society groups.

Areas where the IEC experienced challenges, include Vuwani in Limpopo, Weenen in KwaZulu-Natal, Khayelitsha in Western Cape, Thabankulu in the Eastern Cape as well as Ga-Mothibi in North West.

The Vuwani area known for violent protest actions, appeared to be the hardest hit, where IEC officials were reportedly escorted out by the police when defiant protesters vowed not to have any registrations taking place there.

The total shutdown of services protest action, which saw pupils barred from going to school, while taxis, buses and other businesses in the area prevented from operating since last week, continued on Monday morning, pending the outcome of the court appearance of some of the protesters who were arrested for public violence.

However, speaking to The Citizen on Monday morning, IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela said everything pertaining to the number of registered people, will be made available on Tuesday.

“The voter registration weekend went well despite some of the challenges experienced,” Bapela said.-stevent@citizen.co.za