Port Elizabeth – The DA has raised concerns over the independence of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) ahead of the 2016 local government elections.
Speaking at a press conference to mark the 100 days before the municipal elections, which take place on August 3, DA federal chairperson and mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Athol Trollip, said the DA would work with other opposition parties to guard their votes.
"We will observe and make sure that the IEC does its job independently, because there are some presiding officers who are members of Sadtu, who are members of Cosatu, who are alliance partners of the ANC," he said.
"We have raised these issues before and we will not leave anything to chance," said Trollip, adding that where the DA had co-operation with opposition parties was "where [we] will guard our votes together".
Spoken to EFF
"I have already spoken to the EFF and other political parties about making sure that every vote cast is safe, is counted properly and nothing is left to chance. So on election day it only finishes when we have counted the last vote and we have a result," he said.
Trollip said the IEC caused a lot of confusion during the last registration weekend.
"If you have ever been registered and you have your sticker in your ID book and you still live where you lived before, nobody can disallow you from voting, nobody!"
Trollip said DA volunteers would also engage with potential voters in the countdown to the elections and would encourage those who had not yet registered, or amended their registration details, to do so.