2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


VOTING IRREGULARITIES IN KROONSTAD

STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE UDM
AT THE IEC NATIONAL RESULT CENTRE

Serious incidents of irregularity in voting were discovered in Kroonstad by the UDM and reported to the IEC. In what is a clearly an abuse and mal-administration of the provision made in the Bill for people who have registered, but does not appear on the voters role, at a particular voting station, no less than seven stations were affected by fraudulent actions. At the time of this release a total of 259 votes from only three stations were already discovered as being illegal. This number is expected to be much higher.

In some instances, IEC officials at these poling stations did not complete MEC7 forms correctly. Fingerprints, which is a requirement for these forms were not taken and in more than one case the VD number did not correspond with the number in the ID. In many instances it was found that the voter was actually registered in one ward and voted in an adjourning ward and then voted again in a neighbouring voting station. It also appears that this voting fraud was a carefully planned and executed sham. As it was discovered and stopped at one station, it is suspected that the group would move on to the next and repeat the same exercise at that station.

A person that may be linked to this sham was arrested for intimidating voters and party agents.

In one of the incidents identified a voter who was registered in Gauteng, voted in Kroonstad.

The affected poling stations ballot boxes were sealed and the IEC will not continue with the counting of these votes before agreement on how to handle the situation with all political parties are reached. The UDM keeps all options open and might still take the matter to court.

Enquiries: Annelizé van Wyk, MP
United Democratic Movement

Pretoria
5 December 2000