12 August 2016
The DA is concerned by comments made by the IEC that seek to undermine due process in the handling of complaints lodged with the IEC during the 2016 Local Government Elections.
This comes after the DA last week highlighted that the party is eagerly awaiting a ruling by the Electoral Court of South Africa in response to objections of vote rigging in Ward 3 (Brandvlei), of the Hantam municipality. In this regard, it was our observation that the number of ballots issued did not tally with the number of ballots counted.
The DA has disturbingly noticed premature remarks made by the Provincial Electoral Officer in the Northern Cape, Bonolo Modise, regarding the Ward 3 matter. Modise is quoted in a Sunday paper, as saying that the matter has been investigated and that the objections of the complainants will have no effect on the results.
The DA wants to know why Modise has jumped the gun and acted upon and given his opinion on a matter this is still Sub judice and awaiting the outcome of the Electoral Court?
Modise’s untimely comments cast doubt on the integrity of the IEC, which is entrusted with the safekeeping of the ballot papers of all South Africans who voted on 3 August 2016.
Depending on the outcome of the Electoral Court, we will consider taking this matter further. We cannot tolerate a situation that in way alludes to the tampering of ballot papers.
Andrew Louw MPL
DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387