Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

IEC intent on announcing final results on Saturday

GET LIVE ELECTION RESULTS HERE

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it will not hold the country back and remains intent on announcing the results of the sixth democratic election on Saturday.

At a press conference dominated by questions about alleged electoral fraud, electoral commissioner Glen Mashinini said: “We don’t intend to hold the country back from doing what we have traditionally done.”

There has been concern that the results may be delayed after a group of 27 smaller parties threatened legal action over the reporting of multiple incidents of voter fraud, centering on the ability of voters to remove the presumed indelible ink.

READ MORE: Small parties send lawyer’s letter to the IEC

Deputy national police commissioner General Sehlahle Masemola — who was part of the briefing — confirmed that 22 people who had attempted to vote twice, had been arrested.

In one case in Hluhluwe in northern Kwazulu-Natal, two brothers — whose thumb voter marks were clearly visible to IEC staff — insisted on voting a second time, saying they wanted a voters mark on the other hand. Police were called and the pair were arrested before being able to cast their second ballot, Masemola said.

Cases of possible double or multiple voting, or the attempt to do so, has caused concern over the credibility of the vote, prompting the IEC to rope in the help of the Statistician-General, who will now interrogate a sample of 1 020 voting districts to determine how widespread a problem this could possibly be.

“Indications are that it’s theoretically possible for a person to vote more than once… At this stage we have no direct evidence that that has happened,” vice-chairperson of the IEC, Janet Love said.

It is understood that all parties are set to meet with the IEC on Saturday, where the office of the statistician-general is expected to take them through a presentation of the findings of its investigation.

The statistician-general’s office had initially indicated that it would take them at least a month to review the entire vote but the much smaller sample would now significantly cut down that timeframe.

A source within the Democratic Alliance (DA) said his party would take along their own statistician to help ensure that all checks and balances are maintained.

By the time of the last party liaison committee meeting at midday on Friday, the total number of objections amounted to 14.

These included an official Electoral Act objection — namely Section 55 — from the DA on the allegations of multiple voting.

These specifically point to the ink used at voting stations, the forms that allow voters to cast their ballot anywhere in their registered province and the shortage of ballot papers in some voting districts — all of which they claim point to the potential for multiple voting.  

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Beauregard Tromp
Guest Author
Natasha Marrian
Natasha Marrian
Marrian has built a reputation as an astute political journalist, investigative reporter and commentator. Until recently she led the political team at Business Day where she also produced a widely read column that provided insight into the political spectacle of the week.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Court judgment about alien fish is about more than trout...

Judge finds that public participation in democratic processes is not the exclusive preserve of the privileged few who have access to the internet and can read English

Marikana victims mull complaint against Judge Lamont after civil case...

Judge Colin Lamont withdrew from the case because of his shares in the mining company Sibanye

More top stories

Court judgment about alien fish is about more than trout...

Judge finds that public participation in democratic processes is not the exclusive preserve of the privileged few who have access to the internet and can read English

Matric exam timetable changes to accommodate elections

Moving the national senior certificate exams forward also allows matrics who are old enough to cast their ballots on 1 November

Duarte threatens to remove North West’s Chauke from interim provincial...

The ANC deputy secretary general wants the national executive committee members in the province to assess the suitability of the IPC coordinator

The R15.3-million Limpopo ‘shack’ tender was earned fraudulently – SIU

The SIU is trying to recover R2.5-million from a housing tender as part of its investigation into corruption during the Covid-19 state of disaster
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×