Idea that the credibility of elections is at risk is 'nonsense', says analyst

Political analyst Ebrahim Fakir insists there is no governance system or regulatory system which can close every single loophole and that ethics should be considered in the instance where inconsistencies are found.

Fakir has responded to the the potential legal action that will be taken against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) following the unhappiness expressed by smaller political parties, as well as the Democratic Alliance (DA) over the apparent flaws exposed in the elections process.

The commission announced on Thursday that it had established an audit to probe the extent of voter fraud after political parties complained that the ink used on voters’ thumbs was easy to remove.

Fakir says, personally, while parties are allowed to look for loopholes, it has been done in an odious manner.

The noise started late this afternoon, I think there is a political reason for this. Many of those parties are either not growing or growing so modestly that it is underwhelming to their support base and they need to find some kind of excuse.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

I am calling it odious for a specific reason. It can only be for one reason and that is to excuse away your performance.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

Fakir thinks the IEC should have stuck to its guns before deciding to conduct a sample audit. He says the idea that the credibility of elections is at risk is 'complete nonsense'.

You are right to say they are being transparent and showing a degree of commitment to the process but I think they should have stuck to their guns and said listen, you want the audit? We will do it but we can tell you that this won't materially affect the outcome because the number of people who are going to have double dipped into the voting system, we simply don't know.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

Whichever party makes this complaint, what if the people who were double dipping into the system were actually voting for your party?

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

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