EFF leader Julius Malema (Jenni Evans, News24)
Johannesburg – The EFF is the only party that will truly be able to contest the elections against the ANC, unless the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) rigs votes, party leader Julius Malema said on Monday.
"It is only us and the ANC in this election, unless the IEC enters the contest, conspiring to rig the elections. We have written to the IEC to ask for meetings," said Malema.
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Malema was addressing journalists at the party’s national list conference for local government election candidates in Midrand.
According to Malema, IEC special votes and party agents were points of concern.
"These [special] votes are not accompanied by party agents. When they [IEC] visit those old people, party agents are not allowed. And me, as a voter, I decide if I want a certain party in my home. If I don’t want the ANC, they must not come to me."
Malema said the EFF had asked the IEC how special votes were monitored.
"How do you ensure that a vote is not manipulated? Every vote counts. We have to have a means to monitor every vote, including the special votes. The IEC is unable to respond to that. We have asked for a meeting on that matter."