The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the North West has urged the Independent Electoral Commission to consider a special arrangement for residents who could not register or verify their residential addresses due to service delivery protests.
The IEC reported that some stations were closed because there were protests. In Wonderkop near Marikana, three voting stations were closed as some residents protested against lack of service delivery and unemployment.
“We urge the IEC to ensure that before the next official registration, those wards must have special dates, where they will be able to register, be with maximum security there. We don’t feel those community members were so many that the IEC could not call for state security agencies to come and protect our communities. They are protected by the law to ensure that they call for security where there is a need for that. We feel they must do their work, they must ensure that they call upon security when there is a threat,” says EFF provincial chairperson Betty Diale.
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