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Increased vote rigging concerns IEC

Wednesday 31 July 2013 18:48

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The IEC says this year alone three by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal and one in Mid-Vaal were postponed due to vote rigging.(SABC)

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has reported an increase in vote rigging in the country. The commission says this year alone three by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal and one in Mid-Vaal were postponed due to vote rigging. 

This is highly concerning as South Africa reportedly has the best electoral outfit on the continent. By-elections in Jozini and KwaMashu were postponed early this year due to alleged vote rigging. 

In April, another by-election, this time in the Abaqulusi municipality in Newcastle was also postponed. This after 1500 names were found to be fraudulently registered on the voters roll. An independent candidate André  Lotter has now applied to the Constitutional Court to stop the ANC and IFP from participating in the by-election there.
 

All three cases are being investigated by the police. "We have to ensure that police investigate electoral fraud properly so that those who break the law are dealt with properly and effectively," says IEC Chairperson, Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

The IEC has described the matter as very serious especially with 2014 being an election year. "We have met with leaders of political parties at the high level and we continue to do so this is a very serious matter," says the IEC’s Mosotho Moepya.

The by-election in Abaqulusi municipality is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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