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Home Affairs To Open Doors Until 9pm For Election Day

Home Affairs To Open Doors Until 9pm For Election Day

Home Affairs says its branches will remain open on election day for voters who need to collect identity documents and temporary certificates. Branches will open at 7am and close at 9pm today.

Tech Glitches, IEC Staff Not Pitching For Work At Some Voting Stations

Technical glitches and Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) staff members who failed to pitch for work were some of the problems facing certain voting stations. These issues, among others, were reported by observers monitoring the elections in Cape Town.

Voter Turnout Critical For Legitimate Election – Analyst

Voter turnout will be critical for political parties and the government voted into power. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga is among those watching the numbers closely. He said that only parties who can get their supporters out in their droves to polling stations will taste victory.

Elections Outcome Will Be Major Boost For Investors – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa said he hoped the outcome of Wednesday’s elections would be in line with the desires of the people. Ramaphosa was speaking to reporters after he cast his ballot at the Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo, Soweto. He said the public wanted representatives of the political parties they voted for to deepen democracy and broaden service delivery.

Young People In Alex Shun Chance To Vote

Despite several parties visiting Alexandra and making promises to the community, some say they don’t believe them and won’t be voting. Alexandra was recently the scene of protests, with political leaders including President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema visiting the township.

Here’s What South Africans Searched For Before Voting

In the days before voting day on Wednesday, South Africans took to Google for help in deciding which party to put their X next to. And it seemed the most important question for South Africans was whether Wednesday would be a public holiday, followed by “who to vote for in SA elections 2019?”

Motlanthe Urges South Africans To Vote For ANC

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe who, two years ago, wished the African National Congress (ANC) would lose the election to “learn a lesson” will on Wednesday mark his ballot at the Killarney Country Club in Houghton. In an interview with the BBC in 2017, Motlanthe said the ANC had to “hit rock bottom” and lose the national elections “for the penny to drop” in the minds of party members.

Thabo Mbeki Impressed With IEC Decisiveness In Dealing With Problems

Former president Thabo Mbeki has voted at the Holy Family collage in Killarney in Johannesburg. Mbeki said he was impressed with the IEC’s decisiveness in dealing with issues that could threaten the smooth running of the elections.

Bo-Kaap residents say they’re making their voices heard by voting in 2019’s general elections. 

The area now enjoys heritage protection from the City of Cape Town council, after councillors in April approved the inclusion of the community in a heritage protection overlay zone, encouraging owners to retain and rehabilitate the existing residential buildings, as well as the conservation of the historic urban landscape of the area.

Archbishop Makgoba Calls On Clerics Calm Election Day Protests

One of the key election observer missions is planning to visit Siqalo on Wednesday morning to observe voting. It’s been at the epicenter of violent protests ahead of the polls. Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is leading an observer group.

Holomisa: A Weaker ANC Is Good For Democracy

The United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s Bantu Holomisa said that a weaker African National Congress (ANC) would be good for democracy by allowing opposition parties to hold it to account.  Holomisa made the comments while in the queue at the Arcada Primary School in Arcadia on Wednesday morning.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng‘s ACM and Other New Parties You’ll See On Your Ballot Paper

Nineteen new players been added to the ballot paper – taking the number of political parties contesting the poll to a record 48.  Until recently no one had heard of parties like the African Content Movement (ACM), but the ACM and others made the cut in this year’s elections, led by some familiar faces.

Peter Marais Says Smaller Parties Face Major Disadvantage

Freedom Front Plus Western Cape premier candidate Peter Marais believes the party is at a disadvantage, due to a lack of funds. The former premier and Cape Town mayor cast his ballot in Durbanville on Wednesday morning.

Madibeng Municipality In NW Quiet As Voting Begins

In the troubled Madibeng Municipality in the North West it has been mostly quiet on Wednesday morning as election officials wait for voters to cast their ballots. Early morning voters are in the queue already. Madibeng has been identified as one of the hotspots where trouble could occur on this election day but it’s been calm in the municipality, with no incidents reported.

Protest reported in CT on election day, cops on high alert across SA

As the polls open nationwide, protest action is high on the watch list for authorities and electoral officials. Protests and sporadic gang violence were two of the issues the Western Cape Independent Electoral Commission officials flagged as threats to the poll.  Overnight, parts of the N2 outside Plettenberg Bay were closed due to a protest. On Wednesday morning, protesters set tyres alight on Steve Biko Drive near Khayelitsha.

Mandla Mandela Casts His Vote Hoping King Dalindyebo Will Be Pardoned

Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson Mandla Mandela said he was hoping the application to pardon AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo would be given the necessary attention it requires. Mandela cast his vote in Mvezo Great Place with his family on Wednesday afternoon.

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Maimane On Elections: I’m Not Even Worried About My Political Future

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday he was not worried about his political future as the leader of the country’s official opposition party after the general elections. Briefing the media on Wednesday morning shortly after casting his ballot in Dobsonville, Soweto, Maimane said he was confident that the DA had done enough on the campaign trail to convince the electorate to vote for the party.