CAPE TOWN High level clouds. Mild.

MIN14
MAX17
7 day
  • Saturday 14-18°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Sunday 14-22°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Monday 16-24°c High level clouds. Mild. High level clouds. Mild.
    Tuesday 16-24°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Wednesday 15-19°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Thursday 12-16°c Mostly sunny. Cool. Mostly sunny. Cool.
More News

W Cape elections not free, fair - EFF

2014-05-08 06:00

Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters claimed elections in the Western Cape were not free and fair, an allegation strongly denied by the IEC late on Wednesday night.

"We have serious misgivings as a result of the high level of irregularities experienced by our party agents," EFF Western Cape leader Nazier Paulse said when he was given the podium at the Provincial Results and Operations Centre (PROC) in Bellville South.

"In order to gain the confidence of voters, the IEC should be transparent about the claims lodged by political parties."

The party claimed the process was flawed, with some provincial representatives alleging people were allowed to con the system by voting more than once.

Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson said they had met the EFF to hear their concerns.

"We will look very closely at those comments," Sampson said.

While he admitted the IEC was not "perfect", he took exception to the EFF's claims.

"I do not agree that the process was not free and fair. I do agree there's room for improvement," Sampson said.

Sampson said that while glitches and hiccups were experienced, officials moved fast to resolve them.

Sampson disagreed with Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille who tweeted that the IEC in the province was "logistically chaotic".

"Helen Zille is entitled to her opinion and I'm entitled to mine," he said, which drew giggles from representatives from other parties.

Sampson reflected on the vast inequalities in the province.

The province had a long way to go before all voters could cast their ballots with decency and dignity, he said.

While the IEC had few problems in setting up spaces to vote in privileged areas, officials had to scramble to find spaces in townships to set up makeshift structures to serve as polling stations.

"These inequalities move through communities like a double-edged sword cutting through both ways," said Sampson.

Representatives of most of the 26 political parties on the provincial ballot paper were given an opportunity to air their views at the PROC.

All parties, with the exception of the EFF, thanked the IEC staff for their hard work.

"These elections are an indication that the IEC are going from strength to strength," the African National Congress's Zoe Kota said.

Despite Zille's tweet, provincial DA leader Ivan Meyer was upbeat about the elections process.

"It was a free and fair election," Meyer said.

The Congress of the People were equally impressed with the IEC and the country's safety and security agencies.

"There were challenges, in some of the voting districts, but the SA Police Service were there and they were sufficient," said Cope MP Ncumisa Mahangu.

The African Christian Democratic Party's Grant Haskin said the election was not as smooth as in previous years.

"In many instances, there have been basic mistakes made at polling stations that could have been avoided," said Haskin.

Results from smaller voting stations started trickling in after midnight, but the final results are only expected on Friday morning.

Follow the results LIVE.

- SAPA
Read more on: elections 2014

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

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
59 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |