IEC declares JS Moroka by-elections after rigging of votes

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FILE: IEC Banner marking the direction to a voting station. PICTURE BY Timeslive

The Independent Electoral Commission has announced the date of 8 March 2017 as the day when by-elections will be held in the area.


The Siyabuswa area of Kamagula and Two-Line in Mpumalanga’s Dr JS Moroka

sub-region will start all over again after an electoral court found that IEC officials rigged the elections in favour of the ANC.

Independent candidate Lucas Mahlangu took the electoral body to court when unregistered voters were allowed to cast their special votes on 2 August 2016 – the day before the local government elections.

The ANC got 3145 votes [59.01%], the EFF 380 votes [7.22%], DA 219 votes [4.16%] and the independent contestant got 1237 votes [23.51%].

But then, Mahlangu went to court after finding out that special voters who were not registered to vote had been allowed to vote.

He said he tried to lodge complaints with the electoral body but nobody attended to him, that’s when he opted to approach the Electoral Court.

The elections were declared not free and unfair and the Electoral Court last year December ruled in favour of Mahlangu, ordering that by-elections be held.

Last month the IEC opened voting station doors for voters to come through, verify and update their registration and addresses.

This following dates are important for the 8 March 2017 by-elections:

– 17 February: Cut-off date and time for party or independent to submit outstanding ward candidate documents

-17 February: Notices: List of and particulars pertaining to voting stations and mobile voting stations,

– 20 February: Compilation and certification of lists of candidates contesting a

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– 20 February: Issue of certificates to candidates,

– 20 February: Opening of applications for special votes,

– 24 February: Closing of applications for special votes,

– 7 March: Special votes at voting stations and special vote home visits from 8am to 5pm.

  • 8 March: Date of the by-elections

(edited by MLM)

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