2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'Final results must reflect what SA wants, if not we might call for a re-run'

South Africans cast their national and provincial votes on Wednesday.

However, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s running of proceedings has been marred by controversy.

African Transformation Movement (ATM) is one party that is dissatisfied by the commission's way of running things.

Read: We are definitely going to get more that one seat in Parliament - ATM

To address the party's grievances Clement Manyathela, on the Xolani Gwala Show broadcasting live at the IEC results centre, speaks to ATM national chairperson Mandisa Mashiya.

The issue of double voting is a concern for most of us. However, what is important is that the final voter results need to be a reflection of South Africa's wishes. If collectively we see that irregularities are skewing what South Africans want, we will challenge that and ask for a re-run.

Mandisa Mashiya, National chairperson - ATM

Mashiya says the ATM is observing the results that are coming in because they feel strongly about the outcome of the vote.

We are confident that as far as the current results are concerned, a lot is going to change for us because the majority of our supporters are in rural areas and in the townships. We are, however, very happy that we are currently part of the top 10 as a new party.

Mandisa Mashiya, National chairperson - ATM

Political analyst Sam Mkhokeli enters the conversation and says everyone should be concerned by the number of discrepancies that have been reported.

I have come across almost a dozen people who say they have tested the system in order to see if they can vote twice and they found that they could if they wanted to even though they didn't.

Sam Mkhokeli, Political analyst

When you have a tightly contested race as you do in Gauteng, you might find that the losers will want to take the results to court because of these discrepancies.

Sam Mkhokeli, Political analyst

He says the IEC might say that it has a watertight system, but what matters is the perception that people have.

Typically, at this stage of counting there is a lot of objections, but you find that just before the end these complaints fall by the wayside. But the Gauteng race is highly contested.

Sam Mkhokeli, Political analyst

Listen below to the full report:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Final results must reflect what SA wants, if not we might call for a re-run'


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