Pretoria West residents not discouraged by long queues, late opening

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The late opening of polling stations in and around Pretoria West did not discourage people from standing in long queues and casting their vote in the end.

The first time voters who braved the chilly weather were part of the early birds to visit the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) voting station in Westerlig Primary School in Danville and General Nicholas Smith Primary in Clearmont, west of Pretoria.

Many of them, first time voters, says they couldn’t wait for the day to arrive.

They said that it’s their hope that their cross will make a difference:

“I feel very honoured to be voting, so that I can also be a part of the decision making in our country so that we can be led to a better future. We need jobs because as I’m finishing matric this year, we need jobs, we need food security.”

“It’s very exciting, I couldn’t wait, couldn’t even sleep. It’s an eye opener for one actually that we really do need change , and it made me realise that it’s a great opportunity for all South Africans to have the freedom to vote for any political party they want.”

Both the Westerlig and General Nicholas Smith IEC voting stations combined are expecting more than 8000 voters to cast their vote before 9pm.

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