Stolen tent setback for early votes

POLL POSITION: IEC official Phumla Mqakelana hands voting papers to special voter Richard Jafta, 31, at Cheshire Homes. Below, Marion Cawood, 58, votes, with one box mislabelled 'provisional' instead of 'provincial' Picture. EUGENE COETZEE
POLL POSITION: IEC official Phumla Mqakelana hands voting papers to special voter Richard Jafta, 31, at Cheshire Homes. Below, Marion Cawood, 58, votes, with one box mislabelled ‘provisional’ instead of ‘provincial’ Picture. EUGENE COETZEE

A FEW hiccups – including a stolen election tent – did not derail the first day of special voting in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, the Electoral Commission said.

Special voters flocked to 245 stations around the city, while some made their mark in the comfort of their own homes.

According to the Electoral Act, special votes are meant for the physically infirm, disabled or pregnant, or for those serving as an official in the polling process or with security services in connection with the elections.

The IEC’s Crosby Bacela said except for a few hiccups, everything went well.

“One tent was blown away by Port Elizabeth’s wind, and it was put up again, while another tent was stolen on Sunday night in Motherwell.

“We were able to replace it quite quickly and there were no delays at the station.” – Thulani Gqirana

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