Election results have been thrown into disarray by a group
of smaller parties which claim the Electoral Commission (IEC) has broken its
promise of a ‘free and fair process’.
As South Africans remain glued to their screens, tense with
anticipation of this year’s election results and the tangible consequences
thereof, the IEC has come under intense fire for flouting due process.
Major political parties, including the African National
Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA)
have all lodged official complaints with the Commission, citing, amongst other
issues, fraudulent voting activity and electoral incompetence. The IEC, which
is duty bound to investigate all reports, says that the integrity of this year’s
ballot has not been compromised – despite overwhelming evidence to the
Smaller parties revolt
And while the election results show little favour for the ‘big
three’, the fiercest fight back has come from a group of smaller parties which
have joined forces in solidarity against a ‘corrupt’ and ‘incompetent’ IEC.
On Thursday evening, as the completed vote count approached the
60% mark, the following parties launched a joint protest at the IEC’s Results
Operation Centre (ROC):
- African Content Movement (ACM)
- International Revelation Congress (IRC)
- Christian Political Movement (CPM)
- Women Forward (WF)
- Black First Land First (BLF)
- Land Party
- African Transformation Part (ATM)
- Socialist Revolutionary Party (SRP)
Election results are ‘irregular’, says group
ATM leader, Mzwanele Manyi, argued that the IEC had failed
to ensure a free and fair electoral process, saying:
“There are quite a number of issues that have been raised by all of us that are here. All these issues have been put to the attention of the IEC. The issue of the [indelible] ink is the issue that is undermining the credibility of this election.”
Other representatives of smaller parties bemoaned the fact that they were not afforded the same media exposure as other, more well-known organisations.
The group vowed to take the IEC to court, as a collective, and
fight for a revote. In response, the IEC called an emergency meeting with party
This is a developing story, with updates to follow.