18th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has rejected the
by-election results in Mthonjaneni following claims that some
ballot papers went missing in one of the voting stations. It
calls on the IEC to declare the by-election results invalid.
"The IFP wants the IEC to explain how ballot
papers in one of the voting station went missing. We will lodge
a formal complaint. We have been informed by a reliable source
that some ballot papers went missing in the voting station where
the ANC was declared a winner. The IEC must act immediately to
deal with these allegations which threaten a free and fair
election," said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala.
"It is a well-known fact that if the IFP was
involved in this debacle, by-election results would have been
withheld pending an investigation. The IFP is also very
concerned that state resources are being used to influence the
outcome of elections. This is tantamount to voter fraud. The IEC
should do everything in its power to ensure that the ANC is not
allowed to buy votes," continued Mr Gwala.
"The IFP will continue to mobilise the support
of the community in the fight against the abuse of government
resources by the ruling party," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National
Chairperson, 078 290 5842
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