Illegal Tlokwe voters matter to be heard in court

2015-01-12 09:10

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Johannesburg - The Electoral Court is on Monday expected to hear the case of independent candidates disputing the IEC's findings that only 1040 people illegally voted in the 2013 Tlokwe by-elections.

The candidates argued that the number was much higher.

The court postponed the matter in October to allow the applicants to join all the parties affected into one application.

In September, City Press reported that the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) had admitted that 1040 illegal voters made their mark in the Tlokwe municipal by-elections, however, it insisted that the illegal votes did not change the outcome of the elections.

The admission was contained in a rejoinder affidavit filed with the Electoral Court in June and signed by chief electoral officer Mostho Moepya.

The by-elections in question were called after nine ANC councillors were fired by the party for refusing to support former Tlokwe mayor Mapetla Mapetla.

Independent candidates in nine of the wards asked the court to set aside the results and institute an independent investigation.

The African National Congress won eight of the nine wards.

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