'Defining moment for politics'

South Africa's fourth democratic election was "one of a kind" the Independent Electoral Commission said from its base in Pretoria yesterday morning.

South Africa's fourth democratic election was "one of a kind" the Independent Electoral Commission said from its base in Pretoria yesterday morning.

This, because of the number of voters, said deputy chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya, who also labelled the election as a "defining moment for South African politics".

The IEC centre was quiet as last minute preparations for the day's events took place. Some IEC officials arrived at the centre as early as 4.30am on the chilly morning.

As the sun began to rise, security guard Faraisina Rathogwa headed straight for the coffee table.

Rathogwa had left Atteridgeville at 5am to reach the venue on time, but did not mind.

"We were waiting for this day to come, so why would I mind getting up early today," he said.

IEC officials and members of the media watched President Kgalema Motlanthe cast his ballot on TV monitors set up inside the centre. - Sapa

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