UDM wants recounts in 2 municipalities

2011-05-23 09:20

Johannesburg - The United Democratic Movement has requested a recount in two Eastern Cape municipalities, its leader Bantu Holomisa said on Monday.

"The election in these municipalities cannot therefore be deemed free and fair," Holomisa said.

He said election officials at voting stations at King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) and Mbashe municipalities did not allow party agents to see the ballot papers during the counting process.

"[Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)] counting agents refused to properly show ballot papers to party agents so that they could satisfy themselves of the clear intent of the voter.

"Instead, they had quickly turned ballot pages announcing the name of a party or a spoilt ballot; there was no way for party agents to establish the veracity of the ‘announced vote’," said Holomisa.

"We request a recount for the KSD and Mbashe municipalities."

The IEC was not immediately available to confirm that the objection had been lodged.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-23 09:35

    "General" just come back home.

      African'shtr - 2011-05-23 14:51

      you mad

  • spiderkzn - 2011-05-23 09:41

    ok let IEC invite them to see two muncipality and show them proof.

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-23 10:02

    This is the lsast kick of the dying horse

      African'shtr - 2011-05-23 14:53

      is that horse you, because he is telling the truth every one knows that the reason anc gets votes its not because of hard work it is because of IEC who always cater for anc's needs by compromising small parties

  • janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2011-05-23 10:03

    Only those two municipalities? What about the areas where only one ballot paper was issued to the voter to complete? And especially where the ANC had a clean sweep in a predominantly Afrikaans area (where the one paper issue was most dominant)? It will never be free, fair nor HONEST as long as the wrong people (corrupt) are at the helm!

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-23 10:27

      well said. - 2011-05-23 10:29

      Lodge a complaint with the IEC if you know of specific examples. Not much can come from only grumbling to people on this site.

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-23 10:04

    This is the last kick of the dying horse

      saabnut - 2011-05-23 10:06

      For a moment earlier, I though it might be your last kick at your keyboard...

      IandI - 2011-05-23 10:21

      OK,so long then, buddy.I thought the rupture was Sat May 21?:-)

  • mamakalami - 2011-05-23 10:07

    Really now? - is he expecting a win after the recount? Some people don't know how to exit gracefully.

      Skottie - 2011-05-23 10:55

      And some other people don't know how to play a fair game ...

      African'shtr - 2011-05-23 14:55

      not a win but he supports fair elections

  • - 2011-05-23 10:27

    He has every right to ask for a recount. And it should be done promptly. It's simple and straighforward: toss out the counting agents who refused to be transparent and bring in a new team from the IEC.

  • Matt - 2011-05-23 10:30

    I get the idea that parties complain about iregularities, then the IEC just ignore them and say it was free and fair. I wonder what would happen if the ANC had demanded a recount?

      blondetopaz - 2011-05-23 10:36

      they would hop, skip and jump at the request. even laying down a glorious red carpet, purchased with our tax money.

      Karoogypsy - 2011-05-23 11:32

      The answer is simple : If the ANC request a recount they will loose even more votes ! They will never dare to do that!

  • Papsak - 2011-05-23 10:36

    Can the good General count??

  • Hansie - 2011-05-23 10:37

    Who is this Bantu Holomisa, was he one of the peace keepers during the elections or what?

      Rapier - 2011-05-23 11:03

      get a life @Hansie - if YOU don't know somebody as prominent as Bantu Holomisa then take your comments elsewhere and make an intelligent observation. Your contribution adds nothing to the discourse. This man has integrity,and should be listened to - you and I do not know every aspect of what has transpired at the various polling booths, and there are unfortunately a small percentage very shady characters posing as IEC officials with integrity. If there was nothing wrong with the count, why should it not be open to scrutiny anyway?

  • gumrol - 2011-05-23 12:08

    Too late she cried. Surely you should have lodged a complaint by I think Friday 20th 17:00?

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  • ndze - 2011-05-24 11:08

    If we are in a true democratic state, there must be transparency. Let the parties satify themselves.

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