Johannesburg - Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) staff who
worked at a Springs voting station, where two ballot boxes were found in a
party agent's home, have been removed, the commission said on Tuesday.
"The area is in Springs, in Kwatema. It is Ward 77.
It is a voting station which we had approved 14 special votes [for]. Two
persons voted and there is no issue with that," Gauteng electoral officer
Mashego Sheburi said.
"The staff at that station have been relieved while
the investigation continues."
He said that when the station, which was open for special
votes, closed on Monday the presiding officer and party agents agreed to store
some of the materials elsewhere overnight.
"That station was a temporary station, a tent, so it
wasn't safe to store materials," said Sheburi.
"They agreed for it to be kept at a house. We
weren't aware of the facts at the time. Police were called and they found two
He said the IEC accounted for the votes cast at the
station, with the integrity of the votes not in question.
"They [the ballots] come in packs of a hundred and
we have 98, and only two people came to that station."
Sheburi said a docket had been opened by police, with a
number of statements having already been taken.
"The allegation was that the party agent was a
member of the ANC, but this has not actually been verified."
He said the IEC was ready for Wednesday's elections in
"We are ready and prepared to receive over six
million voters in the province at 2 647 stations across the province."Download the app by visiting one of these app stores.