The ANC have, once again, displayed their complete disregard for their voters, as well as their utter contempt for the rule of law.
The recent court decisions around voter registration have highlighted the importance of ensuring that all voters are properly registered in the voting districts in which they reside. Failure to comply with this will result in voters being unable to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections later this year.
With the amalgamation of the Camdeboo, Ikwezi and Baviaans Municipalities, ward boundaries for the new larger municipality have had to be redetermined, creating a number of split and new voting districts. Nowhere has this had a larger impact than in Aberdeen where two separate wards will replace the existing single ward and a brand new voting station has been created.
All parties were informed of these developments and undertook to work with the IEC in ensuring that this last round of registration was a success.
Unfortunately, the ANC structures in Aberdeen, allegedly under instruction from the Region have determined that they will not comply with the legal prescripts in regard to registration and are insisting that people get registered in a voting district in which they are not resident. Of great concern is that the IEC official in charge at that voting district has now bowed to political pressure and following an investigation by the IEC Manager for the area, it has been determined that 53 people were incorrectly registered on 9 April 2016. It has been reported to us that this has continued today.
While we commend the IEC Manager who identified the problem and brought it under the attention of the DA, we are extremely worried about the number of voters that may potentially have been disenfranchised as a result of the ANC’s interference. We are also deeply concerned that the integrity of the IEC, as well as the entire registration process, has been compromised.
We have reported this matter to the Provincial IEC Structures and will continue to closely monitor the voting districts in our area.
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