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Counting has begun at some stations

Counting has begun at polling stations across the Western Cape. Long queues of voters are still being experienced at voting stations on the Cape Flats. 

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says people will be allowed to cast their ballots if they were in the queues before the closing time.

Voting across the Western Cape progressed smoothly throughout the day with only minor hiccups being experienced. 

Long queues of voters were still prevalent in areas like Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek and Khayelitsha shortly before polling stations were scheduled to close at seven’o clock on Wednesday evening.

Voting stations also closed on time in rural areas like Beaufort West, Swellendam and Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo.

The IEC earlier said that it was satisfied with the way in which voting took place.    

Meanwhile only twenty-five percent of registered voters in the Free State have turned up to vote. 

IEC Communication Officer, Mmathabo Rasengane says the low turnout could be as a result of the bad weather conditions.

A total of 47 tents used as temporary voting stations have been destroyed in the province. 

Maluti-a-Phofung which includes Qwa-Qwa is the worst affected with 25 tents destroyed.

Some voting stations have been moved to alternative permanent structures.

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