The “permanent” ink pens used to mark voters’ thumbs in Wednesday’s election failed, perhaps because the supplier – Lithotech Exports, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Bidvest – skimped on silver when making the ink, wrote Phillip de Wet, Associate Editor at Business Insider South Africa.
The ink is supposedly designed to stay visible for a week.
Several parties say the defect allowed some people to vote more than once.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is investigating.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).
Bidvest isn’t talking to us… we’ve expressed our displeasure…— Phillip de Wet, Associate Editor - Business Insider South Africa
…there is speculation that the pens might have been imported…— Phillip de Wet, Associate Editor - Business Insider South Africa
You want 13% silver nitrate in your composition… it’s relatively expensive… We worry that the IEC bought too cheaply…— Phillip de Wet, Associate Editor - Business Insider South Africa
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