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Hiccups fail to dampen voters' spirits

By unknown | Apr 23, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama and Nawhal Kara

Tebogo Monama and Nawhal Kara

Not even the shortage of ballot boxes could prevent determined voters in Johannesburg from exercising their right to vote.

Voters at Greenside Primary School in Emmarentia resorted to "unofficial" ballot boxes after the Independent Electoral Commission officials informed them that they had ran out of ballot boxes.

The voters continued streaming into the school even after the electoral body told them they had to use the unofficial voting material.

Presiding officer Ahmed Dagus said: "It's been hectic since 7am. We have requested more ballot boxes but they have not arrived. We have explained to voters, party agents and police that we needed more ballot boxes."

ANC party agent Eric Itzkin said: "No major problems occurred today (Wednesday) except for the shortage of ballot boxes, which is strange. However, the explanation we received is that the new ballot sheets are thicker than the previous ones."

DA party agent Colin Braude said: "We agreed that we can use the unofficial ballot boxes on condition they are not transported from the school but counted here."

He said that the zip machines, used for scanning identity documents, were a bit slow. "The machines scan three documents a minute," he said.

Voter Lucky Khanyile, 28, said: "Whether they use unofficial boxes or not it will not stop me from casting my vote."


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