IEC denies electoral fraud

2014-05-13 08:20

A spokesperson for the Theewaterskloof municipal electoral office of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Caledon, Western Cape, has denied allegations of electoral fraud in Grabouw.

The municipal electoral officer, Stiffie Cronjé, said two empty registered ballot boxes found in a house in the township of Rooidakke were not security items.

He made the statement after a case of election fraud was opened with the local police at the weekend by the DA’s election coordinator in the area, Lincoln de Bruyn.

He was informed anonymously on Saturday afternoon of the two boxes in the house in Rooidakke that were marked with the voting district number 97950011.

Four policemen accompanied him to fetch the ballot boxes. Grabouw is one of seven towns in the DA-controlled Theewaterskloof Municipality in the Western Cape and a sub-region of the Overberg district municipality.

Cronjé explained that after vote counting at a voting station had been finalised, the official results slip was signed by all political party agents, as well as by the presiding officer of the municipal electoral office involved.

At the Grabouw voting station being investigated by police – known as The White House in Ward 8 of the Theewaterskloof – the counted ballot papers and all security materials were delivered to the IEC office in Caledon.

A reconciliation was done that indicated that all the votes of the two ballot boxes, marked with the voting district number 97950011, were counted and the results delivered.

Cronjé added that it was common practice that all unused surplus IEC material was donated to schools or individuals, which explained the presence of the two ballot boxes in the house in Rooidakke.

According to the official count, the DA’s national vote in Ward 8 decreased from 383 votes in 2009 to 180 in 2014, and the provincial vote fell from 391 to 174.

Similarly, the ANC’s national vote fell from 1 339 votes in 2009 to 1 289 in 2014 and the provincial vote dropped from 1 254 in 2009 to 1 090 in 2014.

The provincial DA majority in Theewaterskloof has decreased from 51% to 49%.

De Bruyn said the case was still being investigated by the police and that he could not comment further until their findings were revealed.

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