'We're not going to brush the issue of people voting twice under the carpet'

As the voting day ends and counting begins in the 2019 South African election, Western Cape's Independent Electoral Commission chief electoral officer, Rev Courtney Sampson talks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about what transpired overnight and how the counting process got underway.

He says the IEC takes the concerns raised by voters very seriously.

Voters complained about the voting ink being easily washed away and Sampson says faulty ink is unacceptable.

Read: IEC ought to take voting concerns seriously - Archbishop Makgoba

If we are saying we are using indelible ink and the ink is not indelible that is one thing we need to correct and make sure we use indelible ink.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Sampson says that politicians who tested the flaws in the voting system by trying to vote twice could potentially face the electoral authorities for trying to defraud the system.

There is a difference in trying to engage with us on a matter as serious as that.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Now we seem to be in a position of taking the matter for granted that people have voted twice and none of us have evidence of that at this stage.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

He condemns the sensationalisation of the flaws within the system and stresses that the concerned individuals should have approached the IEC instead of going to the media first.

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

If you say that people voted more than once, how many people did that and how many people must have done that to influence the outcome of the elections?

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

The important thing is that we are not going to brush it under the carpet, I think it needs to be followed up.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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