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Police investigating discovery of ballot boxes in PE - IEC

The boxes were discovered around a local IEC centre in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro yesterday.

Ballot box found in IEC tent in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Simon Bezuidenhout/iWitness.

EAST LONDON - The Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) provincial officer in the Eastern Cape says he believes the police have launched an investigation after some political parties raised the alarm over the discovery of ballot boxes in Port Elizabeth.

The boxes were discovered around a local IEC centre in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro yesterday.

The electoral commission's national office said there was no need for concern because the ballots had been counted and captured already.

LISTEN: Elections update with IEC's Kate Bapela.

The IEC's electoral officer in the Eastern Cape, Thamsanqa Mraji, has reassured political parties that the probe won't delay the results and because this involves votes from one voting station, it won't significantly change the final tally.

He says police are now handling the matter but would not say which political party lodged the complaint.

"The police will give us the facts on what they are investigating and as the IEC, we will respond to that. I haven't seen any report and was told there was an incident."

The African National Congress last night indicated it will lodge a complaint over this matter.

The Democratic Alliance has already registered its unhappiness with the IEC after a member of the public photographed empty ballot boxes allegedly dumped in an open space in Port Elizabeth.