2019 Elections drawing to a close

2019 Elections drawing to a close

It has been a long day of voting for South Africans across the country.

Shaun Ryan

The 2019 Elections got underway at 7am, with some people arriving at voting stations before sunrise to ensure they were at the front of the queue.

For most KwaZulu-Natal communities, voting stations opened on time and without delay.

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Citizens have been queuing at their local polling stations to play their part in the country’s democracy.

Some people who spoke to Newswatch shared their views on the importance of voting and why they believe every vote counts.

Whether it is a vote for change, improved services, jobs or housing, those who got their fingers marked made their voices heard.

But, it has not been smooth sailing across the country.

Police have confirmed at least six arrests in election day protest action.

The worst affected area was Bergville, where five arrests were made.

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Demonstrators barricaded the road and dug up part of its surface to prevent IEC officials from reaching voting stations.

Affected venues had not opened by the afternoon, but officials were confident that those who wanted to vote would be able to do so.

Meanwhile, results have not yet started coming through to the Provincial Results Operations Centre in Durban.  They are only expected to do so later tonight.

If you have not cast your ballot as yet, you have until 9pm.

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