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Western Cape IEC boss urges employers to let workers vote

Provincial IEC electoral head Rev Courtney Sampson has reminded South Africans that today has been declared a national public holiday in order for the public to cast their votes.

Sampson has pleaded with employers to honour the Constitutional right that workers have to vote.

It's a problem if we declare this a public holiday in order for people to vote, but they can't because they are working.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial IEC electoral head

He says that workers should bring forward their complaints regarding uncooperative employers.

Many South Africans have already taken to voting stations, and Sampson explains that approximately 18 000 IEC officials have been deployed across the province.

Sampson says that voting has started off smoothly, despite reports that a voting station in the Stellenbosch ward had been given the incorrect ballot papers and reports of faulty scanners in Richwood.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

For rolling updates on the local elections, visit the EWN live blog.

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