VOTING in Nelson Mandela Bay got off to a slow start in this year’s highly contested local government elections with poor turn out in some areas and problems with scanners in others.
While many voting stations opened on time, at least seven voting stations in Uitenhage; Summerstrand and Walmer had teething problems.
Scanners meant to verify if and where voters are registered were either broken or off-line and technical staff from the Independent Electoral Commission were called in to fix them.
This resulted in long queues with some angry voters leaving and vowing not to return.
Meanwhile executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and Cope mayoral candidate Smuts Ngonyama were among the first to cast their vote today.
Wayile, accompanied by his wife Fezeka and his son Thimna voted in KwaDwesi while Ngonyama voted at Jeff Masemula Hall.