CAPE TOWN Morning clouds. Cool.

MIN16
MAX22
7 day
  • Tuesday 15-22°c Partly cloudy. Cool. Partly cloudy. Cool.
    Wednesday 16-22°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Thursday 16-22°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Friday 17-22°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Saturday 17-26°c High level clouds. Mild. High level clouds. Mild.
    Sunday 19-26°c More sun than clouds. Mild. More sun than clouds. Mild.
More News

IEC denies electoral fraud

2014-05-12 22:12
(Picture: AP)
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 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 the presiding officer of the municipal electoral office involved.

Ballots counted

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 2014.

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 revealed.

Voting shifts map

- SAPA
Read more on: da  |  anc  |  iec  |  cape town  |  politics  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
Cadres must be competent: Mantashe

The appointment of individuals to top positions in municipalities must be based on competence and not on political connections, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

All top ANC members to get time off

The ANC's electioneering campaign has taken its toll on all members, not only President Jacob Zuma, the party says.

Zuma in Pretoria hospital

Other than saying it is in Pretoria, the presidency will not disclose "for privacy reasons" the name of the hospital where President Jacob Zuma is undergoing tests.

Zuma admitted to hospital

UPDATE 13:46: An "exhausted" President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for unspecified tests.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
35 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
News24 |  OLX  |  PriceCheck  |  Property24  |  Kalahari.com  |  Careers24