The dismissal of an IEC deputy presiding officer who was caught marking ballot papers in Ward 6 of Endumeni, at the Talana Community Hall has been welcomed by the EFF.
The said high-ranked IEC officer was caught in the act by EFF Party Agent marking over 7 ballot papers in favour of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).
As gathered, after senior IEC officers invaded Talana Community Hall and investigation was carried out, the team found that the mother of the IEC officer is standing for elections in the same Ward 6 of Endumeni, KwaZulu-Natal.
EFF’s spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said: “The mother of the said Deputy Presiding Officer is an ANC candidate‚ standing for elections in the same Ward. The Presiding Officer happened to walk out during the course of the proceedings to access home visits.
During this time‚ the conflicted Deputy Presiding Officer was then caught by EFF Party Agent marking multiple ballots (about 7).”
And having been found guilty of breaching the electoral code of conduct, the culprit was dismissed immediately.
However, EFF maintains that it is not enough to show the defaulter the exit door. According to EFF spokesperson, Ndlozi, criminal charges should also be laid against the culprit.
“Whilst we welcome the IEC for responding positively‚ it is not enough to simply dismiss a presiding officer who attempted to rig elections in favour of the ruling party.
The IEC must … press criminal charges … We must not treat any attempt at rigging elections with sweetheart gloves; the IEC must be firm and send a strong message that it never tolerates misconduct and criminal acts such as attempting to rig elections,” Ndlozi said.
Meanwhile, the EFF has reminded political parties and contestants in the 2016 local government elections that Section 75 of the Municipal Election Act of 2000 states that no persons may campaign on election day.
The hawk-eyed party stated this after it reliably learnt that the ANC had purchased millions of party T-shirts which they planned to distribute on election day.