2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Disgruntled parties vow to head to Electoral Court if IEC doesn't meet deadline

27 disgruntled political parties have served the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with a lawyer's letter to investigate allegations of voting irregularities, including reported double voting and the problems with ink inconsistencies.

Dennis Bloem, spokesperson for the Congress of the People (Cope), says the parties want the audit carried out by an independent firm and not by the statistician-general, as arranged by the IEC.

Read: IEC to conduct audit of results and votes cast in sample of voting stations

We are saying as the 27 parties we want an independent audit firm to do an audit on what was happening around the country - this double voting that has taken place, this ink that was used, that people went twice, thrice into a voting station.

Dennis Bloem, Spokesperson - Congress of the People

Bloem insists the parties will not accept an audit by the statistician-general.

We are not going to accept they have now appointed the statistician-general to do that. We have not called for that, we are not going to accept this.

Dennis Bloem, Spokesperson - Congress of the People

If we are not satisfied, we have given them up until 11 o'clock this morning and then we will go to the Electoral Court, then we will see what happens.

Dennis Bloem, Spokesperson - Congress of the People

For more from Bloem, listen below:


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