Chilly weather greeted early morning voters this morning in Bloemfontein as they were heading to voting polls for the 2016 municipal elections. With a vivid police presence voters can vote without any disruptions. Courant’s Maricelle Botha roamed voting stations in Bloemfontein.
At the Westdene Bowls Club people were queuing even before 7:00 to make sure their votes are cast. Geared with warm jackets, scarves and gloves people that had to go to work were also ready to vote.
A Westdene resident, Nico Vorster, says he hopes the cold weather doesn’t keep people from voting.
At the Dan Pienaar voting station at Sentraal High School cars were already parked all the way to Louw Wepener Drive as people were making their way to the polls.
JJ Groenwald says he is happy that he voted early and everything went smoothly at the Dan Pienaar station.
For Marie-Louise Smith it also went well at this station, but she says things may get a bit tougher as the day progresses.
Pentagon Park’s voting station is at Seven Dams people are voting in an IEC tent. Jonathan Bezuidenhout says by the time he went to vote he already had to wait a while to vote. He added he is not sure with all the technology available, why people still need to go through printed lists to find the names of voters.
Some of the political parties erected stalls at voting stations around the city to assist voters who are uncertain about their registration status.
Residents have the chance to vote until 19:00 before polls close. – Maricelle Botha