IEC: Voters who say they removed indelible ink are lying

2014-05-07 20:56

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People who claim they have managed to wash off the indelible ink from their thumbs after voting are lying, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) deputy chairperson Terry Tselane has said.

A number of voters claim to have been able to remove the indelible ink applied to each voter’s left thumb and thumbnail when voting.

Cope’s Deirdre Carter told City Press several people who voted in certain polling stations in KwaZulu-Natal said their ink came off easily.

She showed her own thumb from which she had removed the ink.

“It is not possible for the ink to come off,” Tselane said.

He asked this reporter to prove it to him by removing the ink from her own thumb, but it was not possible.

“People can say all the things they want to say, but it must be proven,” he said.

At least one reporter from City Press managed to clean his finger shortly after casting a special vote on Monday.

Asked whether there are ways to verify that a voter didn’t vote twice, Tselane admitted that this could only be done if someone objected.

“It is fraud. We can only detect it if there is an objection, but the likelihood of this happening is small,” he said.

Tselane said the zip-zip machines used to scan the barcodes of a voter’s identity document were not meant to cross-check whether a voter had already voted.

Although a voter’s name is crossed off the voter’s roll when they vote at the polling station where they are registered, the law allows for voters to vote at any polling station in the country.

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