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KZN voters removed from roll

2012-09-20 19:10

Durban - Some people were removed from the voters' roll before this week's by-election in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Thursday.

KwaZulu-Natal chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said 382 people were taken off the roll because they were "not registered correctly".

Their removal followed complaints lodged by the Inkatha Freedom Party with the IEC on September 14.

The IFP claimed 525 people were on the voters' roll even though they did not live in the ward.

Mosery said the 382 people had been removed from the voters' roll "because we found their application to register improper and did not comply with the requirements of the law and regulations".

According to Mosery, a further 111 on the list of 525 names provided by the IFP had registered after the closure of the voters' roll and were not entitled to vote in the by-election.

Fraud


IFP spokesperson Albert Mncwango said the party became aware of the alleged fraudulent registrations when students at a Nongoma further education and training college were approached to register by members of the National Freedom Party.

"Unbeknown to them [the NFP], some of the students were our members and they alerted us to what was happening."

Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that a case of fraud was opened at the Nongoma police station on September 12.

Mncwango claimed that an IEC scanner had been stolen, but this could not immediately be confirmed with either the police or the IEC.

However, Mosery said: "We will constitute an internal inquiry on the wrongdoing of our staff members.

"We cannot comment further as a police investigation is underway and our internal inquiry is in its early stages."

The ward, which was taken by the IFP's Khulekani Praise-God Dladla in the May 2011 local government elections, was won in the by-election on Wednesday by IFP candidate Phumzile Desderia Ndlovu.

The by-election was held following Dladla's death in June.

Majority

Ndlovu garnered 1 195 votes or 51.93% of the vote in a poll in which 55.28% of voters turned out to cast their ballots.

The National Freedom Party's Keizer Dladla garnered 832 votes, while African National Congress candidate Nokozani Mzokhona Dlame received 274 votes.

In May 2011, Dladla won with 45.75% of the votes. There was a 67.38 percentage poll.

Mncwango said: "This is a very sweet victory, especially as IFP councillor Phumzile Ndlovu has won the ward with a clear majority [more than 50% of the vote]."

In a statement, ANC's provincial secretary general Sihle Zikalala said: "The ANC participated in the by-election, knowing very well that Nongoma is Inkatha Freedom Party's only remaining stronghold, and winning the by-election was not going to be easy, as the IFP uses every possible way, including dishonesty and deceit to cling on [to] Nongoma."

NFP provincial spokesperson Vusi Khoza said the party would be issue a statement on the by-election later.