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Political parties must watch the IEC like hawks, says Holomisa

'South Africans demand free and fair elections. The world has their eyes on us. Investors are holding money at bay to see what happens.'

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa at the party's final rally on 4 May 2019. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG – With four days until voting day, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa on Saturday urged political parties to watch the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) like “hawks” to prevent the rigging of the final election results.

“South Africans demand free and fair elections. The world has their eyes on us. Investors are holding money at bay to see what happens,” Holomisa said at the UDM’s final election rally at Khutsong Stadium in Carletonville, Gauteng.

Holomisa called on the IEC to ensure that IT companies appointed to assist the commission with its work didn't get compromised.

“We have heard scary stories of how elections in other countries were rigged through the sophisticated hacking of results. We hope that the IT companies the IEC has appointed will not fall into this trap. If such a thing should happen, the IEC’s independence will mean nothing and our elections would hold no value," he said.

Holomisa added: “We also call on our colleagues in other political parties to watch the IEC like hawks. Our voting agents should make arrangements to rotate so that we can always have fresh eyes on the voting processes. We must be especially vigilant when it comes to the marking of the voters’ roll, to ensure that crooks don’t cast more than one vote.”

Holomisa also called on voters to vote wisely on Wednesday.

Holomisa was on his last leg of election crusade just five days before the country goes to the polls on Wednesday and is expected to address his party’s supporters.

Residents of from this community boycotted the second national elections following weeks of violent protests over the proposed move to relocate the mining town to the North West.

The residents emerged victorious as the town remained in Gauteng.

ANC SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GOVERN AGAIN

Holomisa said the African National Congress (ANC) should not be allowed to rule again because that would be another five years of corrupt government.

Holomisa said despite his party not having much-needed resources to run its election campaign they had done their groundwork successfully.

Holomisa told his supporters that should ANC win the polls it would be an extension of corruption.

He further called on other political parties to watch the IEC like a hawk to avoid vote rigging.

Holomisa added that voters must apply their minds when they are voting on Wednesday.

He added that voters should realise how opposition parties have done a stunning work of exposing corrupt individuals from the ANC.

BIG BUSINESSES DON'T CARE ABOUT SMALL PARTIES

Holomisa has launched an attack on the country’s big businesses saying they are only supporting the governing party for benefits.

Holomisa said they don't have an interest in supporting small parties

He went on to say South Africa will a better place without the ANC.

He called on his supporters to go out in their numbers and vote for the UDM.

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