KZN missing ballots found

2004-04-15 13:36
Pretoria - Two officers of the Independent Electoral Commission in KwaZulu-Natal face criminal charges after two sealed ballot boxes were found dumped in separate places in the province, the IEC said on Thursday.

IEC chief electoral officer Pansy Tlakula said the ballot boxes were found at Ixopo and Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal and the matter was reported to the police.

However, she refused to elaborate on how the boxes were recovered and whether they would be counted.

"The police are still investigating the matter and I cannot comment further at this stage," Tlakula told a media conference in Pretoria.

Police were investigating the theft of two ballot boxes at Creighton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Director Bala Naidoo said. The boxes contained special votes and went missing after polls closed.

IEC spokesperson Rich Mkhondo said at a briefing that the boxes seemed not to have been tampered with as they were both sealed.

However, it was unclear where the boxes came from before being dumped in the two places in KwaZulu-Natal, IEC deputy chairperson Norman du Plessis said.

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