Gauteng – Voters in Alexandra, Johannesburg, eagerly queued into the early hours of yesterday morning to cast their votes, only to be disappointed; as voting stations proved to be ill-prepared.
Voters at Nokuthula Special School had queued from around 5a.m., but were only able to cast their votes in a torch-lit room, following a power outage which began on Monday, 6th May 2019.
There were also widespread issues of ballot paper shortages throughout Alexander. Nokuthula Special School and Realogile High School are amongst the areas that reported such shortages.
Alexander residents were not shy to share their frustrations from the long queues.
“We woke up excited to cast our votes for change, but we were disappointed to find out there was no electricity. We should be done voting by now,” said Nomanithini Mbhele who braced the cold weather conditions to cast her vote.
Gauteng Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) representative Boitumelo Monkai says despite the challenges, the IEC was confident in delivering on its constitutional mandate; and this was illustrated when they promptly dealt with the ballot paper shortages and Section 24 forms in Alexander. – Alex FM, Gauteng (Edited by Philile Masango)