Alleged vote rigging in Matatiele

2015-10-03 08:30

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Pietermaritzburg - The African Independent Congress (AIC), have raised concerns about alleged vote rigging in a recent by-election in Matatiele Local Municipality.

The ward, which had become vacant after the death of an ANC councillor, was won by the ANC’s Jimmy Tshabalala.

However, national organiser of AIC Wele Mdolomba was left aggrieved by the alleged vote rigging he said happened at two polling stations in Queens Mercy and Khobetsoana.

“At Leratong Junior Secondary School, the presiding officer instructed party agents and SAPS members to leave the polling station. At that time 166 people had already voted. The presiding officer remained behind for about 20 minutes,” said Mdolomba.

“When we came back, we learnt that the ANC had 400 votes. I mean where did those votes come from?”

Mdolomba said ballot papers had been found in the pockets of a presiding officer in Queens Mercy.

He said the party had already lodged a complaint to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and was also consulting its lawyers with the aim of applying for a court interdict.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela denied having received the AIC’s complaint. “The [IEC] has been in contact with the [AIC] regarding concerns over the outcome of a by-election held yesterday. However, a formal objection has not yet been received,” said Bapela.

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