Disgruntled candidates urged to express frustration legally

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has urged all political parties and independent candidates, who are dissatisfied with the way the Local Government Elections were conducted, to follow the necessary legal processes when expressing their frustrations.

This comes after disgruntled opposition parties in Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality in the North West protested outside the local IEC centre, accusing the electoral body of being biased.

Their outrage was sparked by a marked ballot paper which they allegedly found stashed in a dustbin on Election day. They allege that the ballot paper was not counted.

Disgruntled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) councillor candidate, Thapelo Phokoje, asks: “Where is the fairness that is being preached by the umbrella- which is the IEC? Now there must be a true reflection of what they have been preaching of delivering fair and free elections.”

The parties are insisting that by-elections be held.

Kingsley Gopane, a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor candidate, says, “We are appealing for the current municipality leadership to continue with the governance of the municipality and this election result be cancelled and we go for by-elections.”

The Forum for Service Delivery’s Vincent Boemo adds: “The IEC said there were no objection forms. How we do not know, because the objection forms must be there at the voting stations. By-elections will only be the way to go.”

The EFF has already opened a case relating to the removal of elections material.

The ANC bagged 73% of the votes in the area, followed by the DA with 7% and the EFF with 4%.


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