Low voter turnout at polls – and still counting…

Votes in the Madibeng district were still being counted by the time of going to press on Wednesday, with only a few ward results available.

Broederstroom voting station

Although voting went mostly smoothly, some stations opened late as a result of ballot papers not being delivered in time and problems with electronic devices and closed as late as 01:00 on Tuesday morning.

DA leader in North West and member of parliament, Leon Basson, said the IEC’s system needs to be looked at as it seemed that the Commission was not as ready as during previous elections.

Voter turnout was low, with only 80 511 voters out of the 222 804 registered voters casting their votes.

Basson said two incidents at voting stations were a concern. “In Ward 27 in the Mooinooi area, IEC officials and party representatives were allegedly “held hostage” by EFF members until Tuesday morning after spoilt ballot papers could not be found.”
In Broederstroom a candidate was asked to leave the voting station after a complaint to the IEC, accusing her of interacting with voters.

The DA retained control of wards 30 and 33 in Hartbeespoort, and won back ward 29, previously held by the ANC. It was a close call between the DA and FF+ in ward 23 in Brits, and the DA won with only about 90 votes.

North West’s voter percentage was the lowest in South Africa with only 38.87 % of the 1.6 million registered voters casting their votes.

By Wednesday afternoon only about 40% of votes in the Madibeng constituency had been counted.