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EFF knew about ballot boxes - ANC

2014-05-06 19:59
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Cape Town –  The ANC said that ballot boxes and other materials of the IEC found at one of their member’s home, was done with the knowledge of the local IEC presiding officer and EFF party agents.

IEC reported that election officials were removed from their voting station in Nigel, in the East Rand, on Monday after voting materials were found stored at the house of a party agent.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Tuesday that the materials were stored it was the most convenient storage space, which was an outside room at the house of the ANC party agent, which happens to be in very close proximity to the voting station.

Mthembu said after the special votes on Monday the presiding office needed a place to store the boxes, when it was decided to use the ANC member’s home.

“The decision to store the boxes was taken by the IEC presiding officer and the ANC and EFF party agents... The boxes were locked in the room in full view and with the knowledge of the EFF party agents present.”

The ANC said they were surprised when the EFF party agents reported the matter to the SAPS.

Materials stored included ballot boxes and other materials of the IEC, excluding security materials such as stamps, unused ballot papers and ink, from a voting station in Ward 77 Ekurhuleni.

Mthembu said the storage of this IEC material was with the knowledge, consent and agreement of agents of other parties.

“This was inappropriate and contrary to the Electoral Act and applicable guidelines issued to electoral officials for the boxes to have been stored in the house of a party agent.”

The ANC welcomed the swift action taken by the IEC to remove all IEC officials involved in this incident.

“An investigation by our Legal and Monitoring Team revealed that no ballot papers, ink or other voting material was handled by our party agent or stored at her house,” he said.

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