Cape Town - A spokesperson for the Theewaterskloof
municipal electoral office of the Electoral Commission of SA (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 co-ordinator
in the area Lincoln de Bruyn.
He was informed anonymously on Saturday afternoon of the
two boxes in the house in Rooidakke, which were marked with the voting district
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 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,
used or 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 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 from 1 254 in 2009 to 1 090 in
The provincial DA majority in the 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
Voting shifts map