As voting kicked off in the municipal elections in South Africa, some voting stations ran out of ballot papers, while others opened late and a few had no indelible ink.
South Africans took took to social media to express their frustrations.
In Chiawelo, Soweto, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to vote, disgruntled community members vandalised traffic lights and protested against a lack of service delivery. Ramaphosa is scheduled to vote at Hitekani Primary School.
Disgruntled residents of Chiawelo have also burnt street signs and vandalized Traffic lights as they demonstrate their displeasure over lack of service provision. @News24 @TeamNews24 #LGE2021 pic.twitter.com/bmEgQeDbb1
— Juniour Khumalo (@JKwritingz) November 1, 2021
The voting station at Norwood Primary School in Johannesburg ran out of ballot papers – just an hour after it opened.
Norwood Primary voting station in Johannesburg has run out of ward ballot papers. How is that possible? @IECSouthAfrica @StephenGrootes @SAfmnews
— Constantin Marcou (@ConMarZA) November 1, 2021
In Limpopo, there was no indelible ink in three areas.
No Ink at Groblersbrug, Tom Burke and Rietfonteon to vote
— Johnny (@Johnny61215249) November 1, 2021
During a media briefing on Friday, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) stressed that it would enforce Covid-19 protocols, such as social distancing and mask-wearing. But a voter in Cape Town complained that this was not the case.
@News24 @IECSouthAfrica @Our_DA Voting at Ysterplaat Primary School is a shit show of note. No organisation, no Covid compliance.
— Debbie Berman (@DebzB111) November 1, 2021
In response, the commission said: “The IEC is aware of challenges in certain polling stations and all issues are receiving our attention. Making certain that South Africans exercise their democratic right, safely and with as little disruption as possible remains our top priority.
Voting stations opened at 07:00 and are scheduled to close at 21:00
The commission is expected to give an update on voting at 13:00.
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