Aggrieved smaller parties serve IEC with letter calling for independent probe

The political parties say they will approach the Electoral Court should the IEC not agree to an independent audit and refrain from declaring the election results.

FILE: An IEC electoral officer counts ballot papers at the Addington Primary School after voting ended in the sixth national general elections in Durban on 8 May 2019. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The IEC has been served with a lawyers’ letter by 27 disgruntled political parties that want the commission to appoint an independent audit firm to conduct the investigation into allegations of multiple voting among other irregularities.

In the letter seen by Eyewitness News - the political parties, which include the African People’s Convention, Cope, PAC and the African Transformation Movement, have given the IEC until tomorrow morning to meet their demands.

The political parties, which include formations established on the eve of the sixth democratic elections, say they will approach the Electoral Court should the IEC not agree to an independent audit and refrain from declaring the election results.

The parties raised 13 formal objections including allegations that there were various instances of people voting multiple times, that voting stations opened late or not at all and that many ballot papers were not stamped.

“It is not about the discrepancies only, we are saying those results that are there are rigged. We have a lot of voting stations where our voters voted but the organisation was given zero," the African Content Movement's secretary general Romeo Ramuada said.

The parties said they were of the view that the IEC was compromised and could not conduct an audit of the voting process objectively.