#Elections2019: First voters make their way to polling stations

#Elections2019: First voters make their way to polling stations

Electoral officers have begun ushering the first voters into their local polling stations so they can make their mark in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.  

#Elections2019 - Stella Sports Club in Glenwood
Shaun Ryan

It's been months of campaigning for political parties in large metros, rural communities, townships and informal settlements.  

But, that's all yesterday's news, as it's now the turn of the ordinary South African to take centre stage. 

A small number of people have already gathered at the Stella Sports Club in Glenwood this morning. The polling station falls in eThekwini's Ward 33. 

While a few people have arrived at the venue, some residents are busy with their morning exercise - jogging and walking their dogs nearby.  

Citizens who enter the voting station will be given two ballot papers if they registered to vote in KZN. 

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The IEC is urging people to come down and vote as early as possible to take some of the strain off officials tonight later tonight when the voting station close and the counting process begins.  

Voters have until 9pm tonight to have their say in the elections. 

The IEC says those in the queue by closing time will be allowed to vote.    

Acting deputy chief electoral officer, Mawethu Mosery says you need to take the correct ID documents with you - when you go to vote.

"It can either be your smartcard, or your green barcoded ID or your temporary identity certificate which you can get at Home Affairs. The second thing that voters need to do is to ensure that they check that their ballot paper is stamped at the back. A ballot paper without the authentication stamp is an invalid ballot." 

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