Nongoma: vote fraud claims resolved

2012-09-19 00:00

THE ANC and National Freedom Party have distanced themselves from allegations that they were responsible for the fraudulent registration of voters in a by-election to be held today.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said in a statement on Monday that voters had been fraudulently registered to participate in by-elections in Nongoma’s Ward 12.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala yesterday accused the IFP of registering its supporters without IDs.

“We have been behind the investigation which has led to uncovering these fraudulent activities,” said Zikalala.

“We are calling for those found to have collaborated in the process to be suspended with immediate effect.

“We are certain that some IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] officials were behind this, and we want them dealt with urgently,” he added.

IFP MP Albert Mncwango, of Nongoma, said it was IFP members who had discovered that more names had been added to the voters’ roll after the registration cut-off date had passed.

He said the party then lodged complaints with the IEC.

NFP national spokesperson Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa said the IFP’s allegations that his party was colluding with the ANC to win the Nongoma ward are unfounded.

KZN IEC head Mawethu Mosery told The Witness on Monday that some names had been removed from the voters’ roll after the commission was alerted to their irregular registration.

He said internal and criminal investigations into the matter were running concurrently.

Yesterday, Mosery said the voters’ roll had been settled, with all three parties satisfied.

He said the IEC had investigated the 501 names on the voters’ roll and discovered that only 392 were eligible to vote in the by-election.

“The by-election continues tomorrow [today] in ward 12.”

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