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06 March 2011 at 20:21 - Posted by Anonymous

Thousands visit voting stations


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More than 600 000 people visited voting stations on the first day of the final voter registration weekend and the Independent Electoral Commission believes that on preliminary figures at least 40 percent of those had registered to vote, the IEC said on Sunday.

The IEC's deputy chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya said that going on the preliminary figures uploaded from 8000 of the 20 864 voting stations early on Sunday, the IEC believed that 40 percent of those who visited voting stations were new registrations.
He said that on Sunday 12 voting stations could not be opened because of flooding in the Northern Cape, Free State and Limpopo.
He expected that Sunday would be busier than Saturday. The IEC are hoping to have 900 000 new registered voters by the end of the weekend, to ensure that there are a total of 24 million registered voters for the May 18 local government elections.
Moepya said that until the election date had been published in the Government Gazette, people could still register to vote.
On Saturday the chairwoman of the IEC Brigalia Bam said she expected the election date to be published in the Government Gazette in the coming week.
Moepya said that by Wednesday the IEC should have the final tally of people who had registered for the election. - Sapa
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