Voting queue jumper was 'avoiding conflict'

2016-08-04 14:11
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Bushbuckridge – A Mpumalanga political party leader jumped the queue at his voting station to avoid “political conflict”, he claimed on Thursday.

"I wanted to avoid a commotion and accusations that I am in the line because I could be soliciting votes,” Bushbuckridge Residents Association leader Delta Mokoena said.

Mpumalanga provincial IEC chairman Steven Ngwenya said this excuse was improbable.

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Mokoena jumped the queue of more than 200 voters at the voting station at the Maotole Primary School, near Acornhoek, on Wednesday.

“I am watching television, and I see President Jacob Zuma taking his place in a queue like anyone else, setting an example of humility,” Ngwenya said.

“No one is allowed to jump the queue. However, we do make exceptions for the elderly and frail people, pregnant women and the disabled.”

Mokoena said his secretary had called the IEC on his behalf to ask that he should not have to stand in the queue, to avoid creating the impression that he was campaigning.

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