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Vote recount doesn’t affect outcome of Tlokwe results

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the North West says it has completed recounting the votes in ward 21 of the Tlokwe municipality in Potchefstroom.

On Saturday, the commission ruled that votes must be recounted in ward 21.

This is after both the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) lodged an objection regarding counting at that voting station.

Parties argued that, out of over 4 200 ballot papers issued, over 300 could not be accounted for.

IEC Provincial Electoral Officer Tumelontle Thiba says the recounting has not affected the initial outcome of the results.

“We managed to find out where the discrepancy was. What happened was that we counted the ward ballot papers, we counted the PR ballot papers and we counted the district ballot papers. However, we did not count the disputed ballot papers and a total of this were 156 ballot papers. We are satisfied that the results will not be changed in the sense that the disputed ballot papers were treated as spoilt ballot papers and therefore could not and were not counted,” says Thiba.

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