Independent candidates lodge objections with IEC

Most of the independent candidates who contested elections in the Ethekwini Metro, have lodged objections with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

They believe the outcome was pre-determined.

In the Northern Cape the Khai-ma Independent Candidates Coalition is also heading to the Electoral Court. It claims an IEC error cost the party a Proportional Representation seat in the Namakwa district municipality.

Meanwhile in Ward 9 of Folweni South of Durban residents are up in arms over election results.

Independent candidates claim vote rigging during the special votes, and accuse IEC officials of indifference when they cited objections.

Ballot papers were found scattered behind the local police station in the area.

The ward was won by the ANC.

Community members supported Independent candidate Nozipho Makhanya.

Makhanya has lodged a complaint with the IEC and opened a police docket.

Police confirmed they are investigating.

Meanwhile, the party KOKO which is a few months old, stood for elections in four wards.

Although attaining 6.37 % of the vote it failed to secure a ward.

It says its showing at the polls is enough for a Public Representative’s seat.

President of KOKO, Nico Jano says, “My intention is to approach the electoral court for relief on what can be done so that they can take a decision accordingly.”

The IEC says it can’t be held responsible for an error the party made. It says preliminary investigations have found the party had registered – but failed to field candidates in the district elections.

Bonolo Modise of the Northern Cape IEC says, “We don’t really interrogate the interest of elections they want to contest, and we accept that they tell us their interest is in a local council only or the district council. So as far as we are concerned they submitted documents only to contest elections only in Khai-ma and not the district.”

It’s not known when KOKO will approach the Electoral Court.

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