While counting is underway at Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) centres around the country, several reports emerged that some voters had rubbed off the indelible ink and went to different voting stations to vote again.
South Africans exercised their democratic right by voting for the 6th democratic government on Wednesday.
IEC Commissioner Mosotho Moepya says this is an issue they are talking seriously. He appealed for calm among political parties and citizens as they deal with the matter.
We have not ordered anybody to go and commit irregularities and we have no interest in protecting them. We are going to remain transparent and deal with anyone that may have contravened the law.— Mosotho Moepya, Commissioner - IEC
Democratic Alliance federal chairperson James Selfe raised concerns that many people might have voted twice because of the removable ink.
Moepya says the IEC only deals with facts.
I do not work on speculations, I work on facts.— Mosotho Moepya, Commissioner - IEC
I also ask Mosotho Moepya from the IEC to respond to reported remarks by @Our_DA politican @JAMESSELFE3 that thousands of voters might have voted more than once. His reponse, "He is speculating." @Radio702 #SAElections2019— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) May 9, 2019
He says that in instances where double voting has been reported, they are already conducting investigations.
We are not going to be able before Saturday to download all of the scanners and put that information against the voter's roll and the forms. If we pick up that a voter has voted twice, we will prosecute.— Mosotho Moepya, Commissioner - IEC
I ask Mosotho Moepya what the IEC will do if say they confirm someone voted twice, they prosecute the person successfully BUT...the unlawful extra ballots are already counted. "This is unchartered" he says. "I don't know". @Radio702 #SAElections2019— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) May 9, 2019
McKaiser cautions journalists against reporting on numbers.
The number of flare-ups may be statistically insignificant and even us journalists, we must not exaggerate the numbers because if the numbers wouldn't make a difference even double counting doesn't matter practically.— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
Listen to the full interview below...
This article first appeared on 702 : IEC calls for calm amid ink inconsistencies