Results Centre wrapped in darkness

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IEC communications officer, Mmathabo Rasengane PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE

Power cuts hit the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Bloemfontein early this morning just as Election Day kicked off throughout the country.
The ROC is where voting results from around the province will be counted and analysed. As a result the the South African Police Service is present to ensure the integrity of votes. The Free State ROC is in Mangaung, just as other centres are located in the major cities of different provinces. However, short power cuts were experienced at the voting results nerve centre about three times this morning.
The Commission’s communications officer, Mmathabo Rasengane, explained that no part of the results processing have been affected as power from a generator quickly carried the load. “We are using a backup generator for now. Centlec is going to investigate what the problem is, and will let us know. It is, however, not affecting the nerve centre in any negative way,” said Rasengane.
The short electricity cuts began at about 08:00 this morning. The spokesperson explained that Centlec staff were on the way, and things are going on as usual at the centre where analysts, politicians and members of the media have gathered awaiting the provincial voting outcome.
Rasengane also mentioned that voting kicked off well in Bloemfontein compared to towns such as Marquard and Ficksburg where voting stations opened late due to protests. In Bloemfontein a voting station in Ward 47 received voting material late but this was quickly rectified to smooth out the voting process for residents. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele
nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za