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19 May, 2011
19 May, 2011
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Voters are turning out in their millions on Wednesday to cast their ballot in the South African local government elections. Pansy Tlakula, Independent Electoral Commission chief electoral officer expressed cautious optimism that the elections would be relatively trouble free.
According to a Sapa report Tlakula said that she think it’s going to go well but it’s too early to tell. This after she just arrived at the IEC results centre, at the old Pretoria showgrounds after 8am.
A media briefing will be held after midday to update the public on the progress of the election.
Key battles are going to be fought in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Early indications are that ANC and DA supporters are in good cheer as they turn out to contest control of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
Democratic Alliance supporters voiced support for Helen Zille citing poor service delivery and the poor conditions of local infrastructure while some were wearing ANC T-shirts with President Jacob Zuma on them.
In Cape Town, DA candidate for mayor Patricia de Lille cast her vote at the Pinelands town hall shortly after 9am and said that the time has come for voters to speak.
ANC mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich cast his vote at the Uitsig High School and said that if all the ANC supporters got out to vote they would take Cape Town.
Besides the question of who will take Cape Town is the issue of whether the ANC or DA can obtain a clear majority or will they have to resort to a coalition?
Eyewitness News have rallied their troops for coverage of the elections and reported on the early state of play at polling stations around the country.
National police commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Tuesday said that he had spoken to all provincial commissioners and was very happy with the situation in all the provinces so far.
“Things are under control,” he said.
Cele was in Ulundi on Tuesday to assess the police’s state of readiness for the local government elections. He said he was constantly receiving updates from all provincial commissioners on the security situation ahead of the elections.
President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that the decrease in tension and violence ahead of the local government elections on Wednesday showed that there was a greater understanding of democracy among South Africans.
Speaking during a visit to the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) results centre in Pretoria, Zuma said that this “deepening of democratic understanding” showed that political parties were free to campaign wherever they wanted to without being intimidated.
Zuma also visited former President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
Madiba and former President Thabo Mbeki voted on Monday.