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’Back to normal’ at IEC operation centre after power outage and evacuation

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Initially there were reports that a generator caught fire and a transformer sub-station blew up, but later the commission said it was an electrical fault.

The IEC’s Results Operation Centre at the Tshwane Events Centre. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

THE ELECTORAL Commission (IEC) has confirmed that operations are back to normal after people at the Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Tshwane had to be evacuated on Saturday night due to a power outage.

According to the Tshwane Emergency Services, an electrical fault led to the evacuation at the centre.

The outage, it said, affected communications including a scheduled broadcast of the SABC, which had to broadcast in Auckland Park.

“Operations are back to normal at the national ROC, all centres were open and by the time we left the centre quite late in the evening, there were no signs of any damage or anything. This morning we are fully operational and we are back at work,” IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

Initially there were reports that a generator caught fire and a transformer substation blew up, but later the commission said it was an electrical fault.

“It was an electrical fault; there was no fire in the centre because it took quite a while when we were informed of the situation. We evacuated to ensure safety for all. IEC is confident that this will not happen, we are in communication with Tshwane and Eskom and they have both committed not to have further problems. We remain very committed to availability to South Africans who require any information,” Bapela said.

Power utility Eskom on Friday suspended all load shedding after implementing Stage 4 this week.

Sunday is the last day for special voting.

On Saturday, the IEC announced that there were a few incidents that occurred that affected operations at various voting stations across the country.

These included protests, bad weather that blew away voting tents and last-minute cancellation of lease agreements with voting areas.

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