IEC to probe whether double voting occurred in SA

IEC to probe whether double voting occurred in SA
DOUBLE VOTING: A number of small political parties have called for a re-run of the 8 May 2019 general election over alleged voting irregularities. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/MLM.

They were allegations that voters were able to vote more than once.

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced they will urgently launch a probe to find out whether double voting occurred while scores queued to cast their votes in 8 May 2019’s general elections.

They say they will conduct what they call a “sample audit”.

IEC head Sy Mamabolo on Thursday said the audit will cover a statistically representative sample of voting stations as well as all voting stations where complaints or allegations of double voting have been received.

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“The final number and selection of the sample will be determined in conjunction with expert statisticians,” Mamabolo told journalists.

He said the issue was raised by the political parties during a party liaison committee meeting today on 9 May.

He said the audit will involve the capture of information showing the ID numbers of voters who cast votes at each voting station from the “zip-zip” scanners and completed VEC 4 forms.

“This data will then be cross-referenced and compared to identify any instances of multiple voting to help establish scientifically whether such instances were isolated or systemic and what the material impact is, if any, to the results.

“In most voting districts the VEC 4 forms and the zip-zips have already been returned to local offices as part of the roll-back of materials following the conclusion of counting,” Mamabolo said.

The Electoral Commission has ordered the urgent docking of the zip-zip scanners to upload what information has been captured relating to voter participation.

Meanwhile, smaller political parties have called for the re-run of the elections, crying over the alleged irregularities during voting.

(edited by MLM)

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