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

Click on the link below to hear more from Fakir...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] What the latest count in the election results means for the economy

[LISTEN] What the latest count in the election results means for the economy

Karima Brown speaks to a number of analysts as counting continues into Friday.

IEC to conduct audit of results and votes cast in sample of voting stations

IEC to conduct audit of results and votes cast in sample of voting stations

Eyewitness News reporter Theto Mahlakoana says there have been questions surrounding the integrity of the elections.

[LISTEN] #Elections2019: What the numbers say about the middle-class vote

[LISTEN] #Elections2019: What the numbers say about the middle-class vote

Political commentator Richard Calland unpacks the election results.

[Opinion] The past, present and future of voting

[Opinion] The past, present and future of voting

Elections require voting, but what will that look like in the next 25 years?

How the IEC could improve voter database to avoid multiple voting

How the IEC could improve voter database to avoid multiple voting

My Broadband's Jan Vermeulen looks at measures to combat fraud during elections.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

He was caught on camera earlier this month, bawling his eyes out when he saw the Bok squad at the start of their victory tour.

Demolition of Bank of Lisbon building in Jhb CBD to take place on Sunday

Demolition of Bank of Lisbon building in Jhb CBD to take place on Sunday

EWN reporter Mia Lindeque gives an update on the demolition plans, which include viewing of the implosion.

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

Wits School of Economics and Business Science senior lecture Lumkile Mondi says the South African Airways crisis is self-created.

3 best JSE shares to buy, right now (by The Robert Group)

3 best JSE shares to buy, right now (by The Robert Group)

Devin Shutte (Head of Investments at The Robert Group) shares his stock picks of the week with Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show.

[WATCH] SABC reporter heading for danger during looting goes viral

[WATCH] SABC reporter heading for danger during looting goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

Got R50? No? Got R5? Personal finance expert Warren Ingram on how to buy shares with tiny amounts of money.

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

The economy is toast. Personal finance expert Warren Ingram shares 13 highly effective tips for making ends meet.