IFP claims ‘massive’ voter fraud

2012-09-18 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) claims to have uncovered a massive fraud in the run-up to a hotly contested by-election in Ward 12, in Nongoma, Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The by-election is set to take place tomorrow.

Last week, the IFP lodged an urgent application to have 525 fraudulently registered voters scrapped from the voting roll. The application was accepted and effected by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

“With the ANC and NFP relationship now at a dead end, and the IFP winning almost all its by-elections in the province, including those wards that were formerly controlled by the alliance, the IFP’s opposition is running scared,” IFP MP Albert Mncwango said.

“We became extremely concerned when we received reports that students, who do not reside in Ward 12, were registered and bribed to vote for our opponents. Some of the voters who were registered actually reside in Pongola, which is hundreds of kilometres away.”

Mncwango said the IFP’s opponents, desperate to cling to power, resorted to fraudulently registering voters in a bid to win the by-election in Nongoma and added that the IEC ruling had vindicated the IFP’s concerns that “massive” voter fraud was part and parcel of the ANC/NFP politics in KZN.

He said the matter now rests with the police and those involved must face criminal investigation, according to the Electoral Act.

KZN IEC head Mawethu Mosery said the IEC did a preliminary investigation on the matter and found that there were people who were registered irregularly after the registration had ended in August and that they have been removed from the roll.

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