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South Africa's elections body accused of vote rigging

by Staff reporter
01 Jun 2024 at 15:18hrs | Views
At least 11 disgruntled political parties are demanding a recount of the votes and accusing the IEC and the ANC of vote rigging.

The parties have lodged complaints to the IEC saying they have a lot of evidence from different parts of the country supporting their claims.

With over 98% of votes counted, the ANC has received 40.28% with over six million votes followed by the DA with 21.63% from over three million voters and the MK with 14.71% from over two million votes.

The president of African Congress for Transformation Ace Magashule said in Fourways where his son and staff members voted the results are zero yet they voted for the party.

In the Free State where the party has more support it received 1.83% which amounts to just over 15,000 votes.

Magashule said they have given the IEC raw data which include pictures and videos of presiding officers in position of ballot sheets marking them voting for the ANC.

"The recounting will expose the fraud and expose the integrity of the IEC," he said.

The UDM's Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said they are also part of the group of political parties in the Western Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and parts of the Eastern Cape that signed and submitted petitions to the IEC.

"There are a lot of irregularities; results slips signed by the party agent look different from those on the IEC website.

"In some of the voting stations where we had votes, the numbers are not the same as those of the IEC.

"We believe the ANC is behind the vote rigging, maybe had they not stolen votes they would be even poor maybe even at 35%," he said.

Responding to the allegations, the first deputy secretary of the ANC Nomvula Mokonyane said political parties that feel aggrieved know the channels to follow to lodge their complaints.

The IEC said it expected to announce the final results on Sunday.

Source - ewn