Several voting stations did not open for special votes in various parts of Limpopo due to service delivery protests. Provincial Electoral Officer, Nkaro Mateta says those affected were in Giyani, Magope Primary in Tzaneen, Motsetsereng, outside Lebowakgomo, and Tonterdoor in the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality.
“The first group of the voting stations that could not open in Giyani as well as Vuma and Mnghonghoma in ward 24, these stations didn’t open because the community want their road tarred, the other area that didn’t open it’s around ward 4 in Tzaneen the name of the school is called Magope Primary School where the circuit manager transferred some educators to other schools to reduce the size of the schools and the communities have refused to accept this decision and they stopped learning as well as IEC activities.”
In Giyani, police have confirmed the arrest of two suspects following the attack on Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials at Guwela village in Dzumeri, on Monday.
The suspects are facing charges of contravention of the Electoral Act and malicious damage of property.
“As part of the commitment of the provincial joined operational and intelligence structure to ensure safe and secure elections in the province, the police in Giyani have arrested two suspects aged 30 and 35 for the contravention of Electoral Act and malicious damage to property. This is after a group of people accosted IEC officials at Guwela village on Monday and damaged ballot papers,” says police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo.
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