Wednesday, April 22, 2009

IEC pleased with voter turnout thus far

By Mikhaila Crowie
22 April 2009

The Independent Electoral Commission in the Western Cape said they were satisfied with the voter turnout in the Western Cape thus far.

The City of Cape Town, by 8:30 this morning, recorded a 87 176 voter turnout.

Chief Electoral Officer in the Western Cape, Courtney Sampson briefed the media earlier , to review the opening of voting stations in the Western Cape and the reveal the challenges.

98% of the voting stations across the province were fully operational by 7 this morning, this means that 3 or 4 stations were not functional at 7am.

Due to the late delivery of voting materials, these stations were only operational at 8am.

However, Sampson said they were satisfied that all IEC staff were at their respective voting station by 7 this morning.

“The voting stations are functional and we are very pleased to report that the voting is extremely brisk at this stage.”

He reiterated that the turnout of voters pleased them “tremendously”.

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