The IEC in the Eastern Cape says voting has proceeded well in the province despite some technical glitches, bad weather conditions and protests that affected several voting stations.

At least seven voting stations in province were affected by protests and most of these stations are in Ntabankulu and Alfred Nzo. One voting station in Ntlangano remained closed as protesting residents refused to allow IEC officials to in the area.

Some voting stations did not have electricity. Two tent voting stations in Port Elizabeth, and a few in Mthatha were blown over by the strong winds.

Within the Buffalo City Metro Municipality two incidents were reported where political representatives told voters their names were not on the roll, and should leave.

The IEC has intervened and the stations are operating. The IEC is adamant the majority of voting stations in the province have been able to function despite these challenges.

E.Cape Premier reflects on his time in office

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle reflected on his time in office as he cast his vote in Beacon Bay, East London, on Wednesday morning.

Masualle has not had an easy time as Eastern Cape premier. Poor infrastructure was among the biggest problems for his administration.

Education has also been a big challenge. Masualle says that co-operation with communities, teachers and stakeholders ensured an improvement in the province’s education.

Masualle believes he is headed to Parliament to serve the mandate of the ANC.

The Eastern Cape is relatively calm following protests over the past two days.