The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free State has once more dismissed allegations that votes were rigged at ward 10 in Tseki village, in Qwaqwa, in the eastern part of the province.
The final results of the elections revealed that the ANC had won two of the three polling stations in the Tseki village.
The Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa (DPSA) claimed there were irregularities in the vote count saying that extra ballot papers were smuggled into one of the polling stations.
Provincial Electoral Officer, Chris Mepha, has denied the claims. Mepha says all results were independently audited before being declared.
“When we calculate the entire ward, Dikwankwetla had 1 269 votes of the entire ward. The ANC got 1 338 in this specific ward 10. ANC took that ward. So apparently the people were misled that the Dikwankwetla Party has won the ward, they didn’t win the ward.The candidate of Dikwankwetla, what he did was wrong by instigating people by saying that he won the ward. He didn’t win the ward. Dikwankwetla Party only won one voting station.”
Sourcee: SABCNews – Main Feature > Top Stories.