Polling in the Nations capital is scheduled to commence this morning (31/06/17). Voters at the 9mile Bushwara area turned up early for polling however were still waiting to commence voting as the polling team on site were setting up.
However issues surrounding the polling location arose, according to residents, the polling location was situated near the home of an intending candidate’s secretary which voters in the area were unhappy about.
Voters of 9 mile, Bushwara wanted the polling station to be relocated prior to the commencement of voting as such polling officials halted voting until the returning officer was present to give the final word on whether or not voting would proceed or if changes would be made to the polling station.
Whilst they were waiting, the presence of an intending candidate at the Bushwara polling station caused distress among those waiting to vote. This prompted frustrated voters to engage in a war of words with the intending candidate.
Upon the arrival of the North East returning officer polling officials were told to proceed with polling whilst he explained to the angry crowd that polling was now centralised and that the polling location would not be moved.