Thousands visited various voting stations across the Free State

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Over a thousand Free State residents, visited various voting stations on Saturday, across the province, on the first day of the final voter registration weekend.

The Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) provincial spokesperson Mmathabo Rasengane explains that many residents came in numbers.

“We have a total number of 110 620 thousand of eligible voters in the Free State, that responded to the IEC’s call. They came and registered, re-registered and inspected their names on the voters roll. On Sunday morning, as the various voting stations opened at eight o’clock, we were ready with our machines and forms catering for those who don’t have home addresses to register and also to continue with the inspection as well,” says Rasengane.

According to Rasengane, they haven’t had any challenges.

“Thus far we don’t have the statistics of earlier on Sunday and what we can confirm is that we don’t have any challenges that took place, but we are continuing registering until five o’clock in the afternoon.”

Meanwhile Free State Police spokesperson Billy Jones says, they have been monitoring some hotspot voting stations due to previous incidents, at Botshabelo and Mangaung, respectively.

Jones however explains that the monitoring is part of their daily duties and no additional deployment of police were dispersed, at any hotspot voting stations around the province.

The final voter registration weekend ends this Sunday.

REFILWE GAESWE