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South Africa ready for elections

Story by Vivian Bangamu

SOUTH Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) says it is ready for general elections set for this Wednesday.

With the special vote already underway the commission briefed the media at the National Results Centre in Midrand this Monday confirming that some of the polling stations had been opened despite challenges.

Over 600 000 people have cast their ballots so far with one million others expected to vote today.

The votes cast will be counted together with Wednesday ballots.

South Africa’s special voting process is for registered voters who are not able to travel to polling stations because of physical challenges such as disability, pregnancy or advanced age.

Meanwhile, IEC Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Masego Shiburi, says legal action will be taken against members of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Party for illegally interfering with operations in one of its warehouses at Hammarsdale, west of Durban.

Around 28 million people out of a population of 62 million South Africans have registered to vote in the country’s seventh democratic national election since the end of apartheid in 1994.

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