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Tlokwe Independent candidates call for IEC CEO to resign

Independent candidates in the Tlokwe Local Municipality in the North West are calling for the resignation of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya.

They say Moepya must take responsibility for the many problems encountered with the Voters’ Roll.

The IEC has this weekend opened voting stations in the Tlokwe and Ventersdorp Local municipalities in an effort to obtain the addresses of all voters in that area.

This comes after the Constitutional Court ordered that all addresses in that area must be verified before the August local government elections.

But, voters in Tlokwe have not responded positively, with only a small percentage of registered voters verifying their addresses.

Independent candidates say they are still not satisfied with the IEC’s efforts.

They want to know what will happen with those who are found to be registered in the wrong voting district.

Independent candidate, David Kham says: “There are a lot people who are still in the wrong voting districts. The problem is that they are going to be allowed to vote without having their addresses verified. This is a huge problem, the IEC is at fault here.”

The IEC says it will make every effort to verify all addresses.

North West Chief Electoral Officer, Tumelontle Thiba says: “We are trying to sort out these problems here in Tlokwe. The situation has been quite overwhelming. We are going to upload registration forms and allow residents to come back and fill in their addresses.”

The IEC has been given until June 2018 to ensure that complete addresses are provided for the entire voter’s role.

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