DA wins ‘suspicious’ ward

2011-05-19 12:52

The DA has won the Nelson Mandela Bay ward where Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille complained voters were being given only one ballot paper instead of two.

“The fact that she has won the ward, I don’t know what that means,” Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) provincial electoral officer Bongani Finca said.

Zille said yesterday she intended laying a complaint with the IEC after she discovered five people in ward 52 at the Despatch Town Hall casting one ballot instead of two.

Despatch, along with Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, is one of the three towns that make up the metro, which was won by the ANC.

“I went inside the Despatch Town Hall and while I was observing, I noticed five voters with only one ballot paper,” Zille said.

“When I pointed this out to the IEC, they got a terrible fright and said it shouldn’t be like this.”

She said voters had to walk past two IEC tables to get to voting booths.

“Why people weren’t stopped when they were walking past, I don’t know. It was highly suspicious.”

Finca said the complaint was being dealt with by the IEC’s national office.

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