TWO ELECTION FRAUD CASES REPORTED TO SAPS
*Caption: KZN Electoral Officer Mawethu Mosery
Written by: Sandile Lukhozi
Two voting stations in KwaZulu-Natal are at risk of facing legal actions following the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) findings of fraud for incorrect administration of special votes.
According to the KwaZulu-Natal Electoral Officer, Mawethu Mosery, the two cases which happened in Dundee, eNdumeni Municipality, and Red-Cross Community Hall have both been referred to the South African Police Services (SAPS) for further investigations.
“We discovered that both voting stations didn’t use the envelope system and secondly there is an inappropriate application of special voting that seems to have more than the approved people who were allowed to vote,” Mosery said.
He said for the administration of special votes, you need an envelope which is unmarked where you insert your ballot and a second envelope which carries your particulars.
He said 40 stations in KZN voted without using the ‘two envelopes system’. He said the 40 voting stations those who came for special visits were allowed to directly deposit their ballot without using the two envelope system.
“Last night we did substitute a total of 40 voting stations officials who were part of the incorrect application of the special voting. We are indeed taking an approach that says do not make an error because you compromise the integrity of the process,” Mosery said.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu lashed out at voting officials who commits fraud at different voting stations.
“We condemn the misuse of power by voting officials and those who commits fraud during elections are real criminals that deserve to be caught and handed to the police,” Mchunu said.
Speaking during the media the IEC media briefing at Durban ICC yesterday, Mosery revealed the death of a woman at Ingwe Municipality who died on the queue at Khethokuhle hall.
“The voter collapsed at the voting station. We pass our condolences to the Jili family and we trust they would find strength. Also, we are encouraged by people who happened to depart this world doing this civic duty,” Mosery said.
KwaZulu-Natal IEC Spokesperson, Thabani Ngwira confirmed the death but refused to give the woman’s name and surname “for the family’s benefit”.