07 May 2014.
The IFP has called on the IEC to institute an
urgent independent investigation into reported shortages of
ballot papers in many Voting Stations in KwaZulu-Natal, despite
all the ballot papers that were printed having been exhausted.
The IFP said this in a statement issued today from the
KwaZulu-Natal Results Operation Centre at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The IFP's move followed a meeting of the PLCs
with the IEC Officials where Mr Mawethu Mosery, Provincial
Electoral Officer, informed parties that although they printed
110% Ballot Papers in preparation for the election, they
discovered that by 6pm today, they had exhausted the whole 110%
of Ballot Papers, while only 43% of registered voters had cast
Mawethu further told the parties that there
was an unusual increase in the use of the VEC4 Forms which are
meant for people who, for some reason, find themselves having to
vote in areas outside the Voting Districts where they are
registered, to an extent that the IEC had to print about 350,000
more VEC4 Forms to cater for the demand. On top of
this, some political parties had to print more VEC4 Forms
because more voters were still waiting for these forms. Parties
were also told that currently there are 23 Wards in eThekwini
that are without Ballot Papers. Mawethu said he did not know how
that has happened.
In reaction to this report, the IFP National
Chairperson, the Hon. Mr Blessed Gwala MPL said, "What Mr
Mawethu Mosery has told us is very strange and disturbing to say
the least. It points to a very suspicious development which may
impact negatively on the credibility of the whole election. We
find it nearly impossible to accept this state of affairs; hence
we call on the IEC to urgently institute an independent
investigation which must establish how 110% Ballot Papers have
been used, yet only 43% voters had cast their votes by 18h00,
and that at 20h00 today 23 Wards are without Ballot Papers."
"Secondly the investigation must get to the
bottom of this strange phenomenon of so many people who have
resorted to using VEC4 Forms because they find themselves
outside their Voting Districts. Irregularities like this once
again vindicate our concerns about the IEC's continued
employment of SADTU members to man Voting Stations when SADTU is
known to be an ANC ally. Our attitude towards this election will
depend on how the IEC responds to our demands."
Mr Blessed Gwala MPL, IFP National Chairperson 078 290