IEC barrier tape at a voting station. (Picture by Gallo Photographs/Darren Stewart)
There was a “regular stream of voters” to polling stations with no incidents reported as South Africans took half in by-elections in 40 wards on Wednesday, the Electoral Fee of South Africa’s (IEC) Sy Mamabolo has stated.
Mamabolo, the chief electoral officer, stated the IEC was “very proud of the way through which the by-election course of is unfolding”.
Polling stations are open till 21:00 and outcomes are anticipated to be launched in a single day.
He informed News24 in a WhatsApp voice notice:
This is a crucial alternative for individuals to elect their political management and affect the route of group improvement of their wards.
Mamabolo added particular votes the day earlier than went easily and polling stations had complied with Covid-19 protocols.
The by-elections are happening in 25 municipalities throughout the nation, with greater than 360 000 voters registered.
The IEC earlier informed SABC Information it had authorised 10 700 particular votes, of which 60% have been residence visits.
As we speak is an enormous day for the three Metro Mayors in Gauteng-Geoff Makhubo, Mzwandile Masina and Randall Williams. These are the final by-elections in Gauteng earlier than the LGE. It’s more likely to be a superb day for Geoff Makhubo and a tricky day for Randall Williams.
— Wayne Sussman (@waynesussman) May 19, 2021
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