Cape Town –
ANC said that ballot boxes and other materials of the IEC found at one of their
member’s home, was done with the knowledge of the local IEC presiding officer
and EFF party agents.
IEC reported that election officials were removed from
their voting station in Nigel, in the East Rand, on Monday after voting
materials were found stored at the house of a party agent.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Tuesday that the materials were stored it
was the most convenient storage space, which was an outside room at the house
of the ANC party agent, which happens to be in very close proximity to the
Mthembu said after the special votes on Monday the
presiding office needed a place to store the boxes, when it was decided to use
the ANC member’s home.
“The decision to store the boxes was taken by the IEC presiding
officer and the ANC and EFF party agents... The boxes were locked in the room
in full view and with the knowledge of the EFF party agents present.”
The ANC said they were surprised when the EFF party
agents reported the matter to the SAPS.
Materials stored included ballot boxes and other
materials of the IEC, excluding security materials such as stamps, unused ballot
papers and ink, from a voting station in Ward 77 Ekurhuleni.
Mthembu said the storage of this IEC material was with the
knowledge, consent and agreement of agents of other parties.
“This was inappropriate and contrary to the Electoral Act
and applicable guidelines issued to electoral officials for the boxes to have
been stored in the house of a party agent.”
The ANC welcomed the swift action taken by the IEC to
remove all IEC officials involved in this incident.
“An investigation by our Legal and Monitoring Team
revealed that no ballot papers, ink or other voting material was handled by our
party agent or stored at her house,” he said.Download the app by visiting one of these app stores.