Clashes at Darling polling station
Darling, Western Cape - An “incident” between candidates' supporters occurred at a voting station in the Western Cape, the Independent Electoral Commission said on Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Kate Bapela said this happened outside the boundary of the voting station and police resolved the matter.
Western Cape police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut said the police were not involved.
“It is a political matter. We did not take action,” he said.
The SABC reported that tension boiled over between African National Congress and Democratic Alliance supporters in the by-election in Darling.
Supporters of the candidates set up colourful banners outside voting stations in a last-ditch effort to encourage residents to vote. Tempers flared when the supporters argued over the space to set up banners. The SABC reported that police had to intervene to bring the situation under control.
Ward six in Darling East had 3658 registered voters. Three candidates contested the ward: Carol Adams of the ANC, the DA's Michael Rangasamy, and the Pan Africanist Congress's Deon Olivier.
The ward became vacant after the DA councillor died. - Sapa