Tshwane (National Results Operations Centre) – With just hours to go until voting stations are scheduled to close, five voting stations had still not opened by 5pm on Wednesday.
In the Eastern Cape one voting station in Buffalo City and one in Ntabankulu have not opened and in KwaZulu-Natal three voting stations in Inkosi Langalibalele municipality in the uThukela District (Escort) have also not operated on Wednesday.
MEC for Cogta Fukile Xasa decried the action by the community of Ntlangano in Ward 1 in Ntabankulu that led to the voting process not taking place in the area.
This, he said denied 591 people eligible to cast their votes. He described the action as sad and unfortunate. Subsequent to the access not granted to the IEC staff to conduct the special votes in the area, Xasa said he had engaged the community with the purpose of unlocking whatever had led to the impasse.
He said the community is demanding the removal of the ward Councillor, the finishing of an incomplete road, provision of electricity and the construction of a bridge.