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Malema urges IEC to modernise voting systems to avoid future crisis

The commission on Thursday confirmed that the Statistician-General found there was a negligible risk of multiple voting during last week’s elections.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema during the media briefing at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 16 May 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has implored the Independent Electoral Commission to develop adequate internal processes to prevent multiple voting.

The commission on Thursday confirmed that the Statistician-General found there was a negligible risk of multiple voting during last week’s elections.

Malema told reporters that the IEC’ systems should not be vulnerable to abuse. The EFF leader told the commission to modernise its system ahead of the 2021 elections to avoid a crisis.

“The IEC must be beyond reproach because its incompetence will lead to violence and an unworkable political environment. The sixth Parliament must immediately give the IEC a clear mandate to modernise and improve its systems so that we don’t have the problems we had encountered.”

Several political parties, mainly smaller ones, have threatened to take the IEC court over irregularities experienced during the elections.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)