A voter has died in the Northern Cape died while waiting to cast his vote at the local government election polls, yesterday morning. Provincial Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) spokesman Elkin Topkin said, the 53 year old voter appeared to have a pre-existing medical condition.
“The voter collapsed, a few minutes after arriving at the voting station and joining the voting line. Emergency services rushed to assist him.
A little pandemonium broke out as everyone was curious to see what had happened. He was unfortunately declared dead on the scene by medical staff.”
Another death was reported at rural KwaZulu Natal, where a woman has died in a voting queue. The incident happened about two hours ago, the IEC’s Mawethu Mosery said at a press briefing at the results centre in Durban just after midday.
The woman collapsed while waiting to cast her vote at a station in Bulwer, inland of the province. No more details have been released as of yet.
During the briefing, Mosery also said that in Inanda, a ballot box was found near the road.
“We have established where it came from and aIthebticated its contents,” Mosery said, “The seal hasn’t been broken.”
Initial indications are that that the ballot box fell off a vehicle. But police investigating to establish whether its misplacement was deliberate.
“In the meantime, we have suspended the responsible official & replaces him,” Mosery said.
The counting of votes began last night, at the voting stations and results started coming in around midnight.