Cope's Deidre Carter says her ID was scanned at four different voting stations

On Wednesday 8 May South Africans took to the polls in the 2019 elections.

Reports are growing of voters describing how easily the ink was removed from thumbs, and cases of people attempting to vote more than once.

Cope's Deidre Carter talks to CapeTalk's Lester Kiewit about problems she experienced with both ink and the zip-zip machine scanning process.

She says after the ink easily rubbed off her thumb and she tested if she could have committed voter fraud and was shocked at the outcome.

She went to a different voting station with her now clean thumb and says she could easily have voted numerous times after her ID was scanned, again and again, receiving 4 more slips from zip zip machines.

I went through the zip-zip machine and was told, yes you can go and vote.

She called the presiding officer and explained what had happened and raised her serious concerns.

Theoretically, she could have voted five times.

If you have voted, the zip-zip should say you have already voted.

Deidre Carter, Member of Parliament - Cope

Unfortunately, the outdated devices used in South African elections for years, are not linked to a central online system

Read: Ink washing off thumbs raises alarm bells of being able to vote more than once

Cope has made a formal complaint to the IEC.

We've logged it on the system and reported it on a national basis.

Deidre Carter, Member of Parliament - Cope

Listen to her account below:

Watch how Carter shows the number of scanned slips she received which would have enabled her to vote again.


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