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Voters frustrated as IEC delays opening of station in Mondeor

Discontent among senior citizens arose in Mondeor, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) faced criticism for the delayed opening of a voting station.

Eligible voters waiting to cast their special votes encountered frustration due to the late delivery of voting materials.

The situation unfolded at the Mondeor Recreation Centre where, despite the relatively short queue, voters expressed anger and discontent.

The voting station was meant to open at 09:00, but an hour past the scheduled time, no voting had commenced. Agitated voters vented towards harried officials who struggled to pacify the growing unrest.

A clear disconnect between the voters and IEC officials was evident, with the presiding officer at the station eventually informing the crowd that the voting materials had now arrived, and preparations were underway to start the voting process.

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On the other hand, in the Eastern Cape, over 288,000 special votes are set to be cast over the next two days.

The IEC in the province noted an increase of 88,000 special votes compared to the previous election cycle. Notably, special voting activities are currently ongoing at the Wolfson Stadium in Gqeberha, among other locations across the province.

Overall, the delays in Mondeor and the increased special votes in the Eastern Cape have marked the ongoing election process, reflecting both the challenges and the active participation of voters in the democratic exercise.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson is an international writer with expertise in politics, business and public affairs.

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