Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

IEC launches election results audit after four arrested for double voting

IEC strike election dayThe IEC promised to deliver accurate results in the prescribed seven days.

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The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has confirmed that it will conduct an audit on the South African election results to ascertain whether there have been instances where double votes were recorded at polling stations.

Note: Follow our live coverage of the 2019 general election results here.

After a meeting with political parties, who have submitted thousands of complaints (the DA leading with a staggering 2 500), the electoral commission revealed that, once the vote counting process has concluded, they will screen every tool that was used to record voter participation, using scientific methods.

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IEC verifies four arrests for double voting

Sy Mamabolo, the IEC’s chief electoral officer, noted that in line with the Electoral Act, the commission would do everything in its power to ensure that it is ready to announce accurate results within the prescribed seven days.

Furthermore, Mamabolo confirmed that there have been four arrests made in KwaZulu-Natal, in connection with allegations of double voting. This is contrary to claims that there have been a total of 19 arrests made countrywide, 17 of which have been recorded in KZN.

The electoral commission, in response to the latter, stated that it could not verify this updated figure, neither could it deny it as they had not been briefed at the time they addressed the media.

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“It was noted yesterday [that] any attempt to vote more than once leaves a clear footprint in the electoral process and the suspects were tracked down using this information,” Mamabolo revealed.

How will the election results be audited?

The audit, Mamabolo stated, was going to be conducted in conjunction with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The ID scanners that were used to record voter participation in the 22 925 voting districts have all been returned to the commission and will undergo a diagnostics process that will trace every single ID that was recorded.

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If at any point, Mamabolo said, they find duplicate entries from the same voter, a criminal inquest will be launched against the offender.

The commission would not be drawn into providing timelines on when this audit will conclude.

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