2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

IEC calls for calm amid ink inconsistencies

While counting is underway at Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) centres around the country, several reports emerged that some voters had rubbed off the indelible ink and went to different voting stations to vote again.

South Africans exercised their democratic right by voting for the 6th democratic government on Wednesday.

IEC Commissioner Mosotho Moepya says this is an issue they are talking seriously. He appealed for calm among political parties and citizens as they deal with the matter.

We have not ordered anybody to go and commit irregularities and we have no interest in protecting them. We are going to remain transparent and deal with anyone that may have contravened the law.

Mosotho Moepya, Commissioner - IEC

READ: IEC ought to take voting concerns seriously - Archbishop Makgoba

Democratic Alliance federal chairperson James Selfe raised concerns that many people might have voted twice because of the removable ink.

Moepya says the IEC only deals with facts.

READ: 'We're not going to brush the issue of people voting twice under the carpet'

I do not work on speculations, I work on facts.

Mosotho Moepya, Commissioner - IEC

He says that in instances where double voting has been reported, they are already conducting investigations.

We are not going to be able before Saturday to download all of the scanners and put that information against the voter's roll and the forms. If we pick up that a voter has voted twice, we will prosecute.

Mosotho Moepya, Commissioner - IEC

McKaiser cautions journalists against reporting on numbers.

The number of flare-ups may be statistically insignificant and even us journalists, we must not exaggerate the numbers because if the numbers wouldn't make a difference even double counting doesn't matter practically.

Eusebius McKasier, Show host

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