Angry members from eThekwini's ward 32 snatch ballot boxes

Angry members from eThekwini's ward 32 snatch ballot boxes

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials in eThekwini's ward 32 were overpowered by residents last night and two ballot boxes forcefully taken from them.

Elections IEC
Anastasi Mokgobu

The commission says the community members were apparently angry that their names did not appear on the voters roll after they made changes during registration weekend.

KwaZulu-Natal IEC Operations Manager Ntombifuthi Masinga the police had to step in. 

"But when the SAPS reinforced they were able to get those ballot boxes back, it took about 10 minutes that's the estimation of our stuff at the voting station. 

"But we are in possession of that ballot box and the Durban Metro Team will count and issue a result but that result will be quarantined until the commission takes a decision on a way forward."

Masinga says some vote counting, including at eight voting stations in Camperdown, has had to be moved.

"We have to get the commission resolution to move the count to the MEO office because of the volatility in the area the SAPS had guaranteed that they will secure the material, our stuff as well as the SAPS members that were there but they could not guarantee because of the terrain and the poor lighting in that community and the very reason that there were tensions even building up into the election day."


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