The DA will
call for a full audit of all the voting stations, after several complaints were
lodged with the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) over its voting process.
council chairperson James Selfe said there were compelling stories that the
party had received from voters about glitches in the voting system.
don't know whether its material or not, but what we do know is that there were
more than a dozen stories of people who have managed to easily obtain second
million South Africans who are eligible to vote are not registered, the
Independent Electoral Commission said on Wednesday.
of our Members of Parliament did so just to prove that she could do it. It's
clearly an unsatisfactory situation and one that we cannot allow to go through,
because clearly there is going to be doubts about the outcomes unless an audit
objections were lodged with the IEC by opposition parties over a number of
issues, including the closure of some voting stations, a lack of ballot papers
and the ability to easily remove indelible ink, which is used to verify that
people have voted.
media briefing at the IEC results centre in Tshwane on Wednesday, shortly
before midnight, the IEC commissioner Mosotho Moepya said two separate
incidents were brought to their attention involving allegations that voters had
cast more than one vote at different voting stations.
commission views these allegations in the most serious light and has launched
investigations into these incidents. Fortunately, the election process contains
a number of checks and safeguards which, together, serve to protect the
integrity of the process," he said.
The ATM is
one of the parties that lodged objections with the IEC.
the DA was open about how the audit would take place, adding that the party was
determined to find out the extent of the glitch and who was responsible.
very important going forward, both to tighten the system, but also to find out
whether, in this election, how free and fair was it. Does the result reflect
the real will of the voters?"
Thursday, News24 spoke to UDM leader Bantu Holomisa who said he suspected foul
play in the elections. Holomisa suggested that the elections might be rigged.
to this statement, Selfe said it was premature to make such pronouncements.
there is more proof and more clarity, until we know where the voting stations
were that were affected, I think it's premature to talk about some orchestrated
bid, notwithstanding the fact that I do believe that the story of Russian
interference in our elections is very correct," he said.
The IEC has
repeatedly said that the election process contains a number of checks and
safeguards which, together, serve to protect the integrity of the process.
security measures include: the voters' roll which only allows registered voters
to vote – and only allows for a single registration per voter; the requirement
for voters to produce a valid ID document before they vote; the scanning of ID
documents prior to voting; the marking of a voter's thumb with ink; the
completion of a form containing the details of voters and the signing of a
sworn declaration by voters when they vote at a voting station where they are
not registered; party agents and observers monitoring all aspects of the
voting, counting and results capturing process.