Political parties up in arms over Olivenhoutbosch voters' roll ‘mess’

2021-Sep-20   07:16

Political parties up in arms over Olivenhoutbosch voters' roll ‘mess’ Source: Gomolemo Mothomogolo/Newsnote

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) must sort out the voters' roll issues identified in two wards in Olivenhoutbosch in Gauteng before the election date is proclaimed or risk another court battle.

So says Olivenhoutbosch African National Congress (ANC) representative, Kenneth Masha.

“We believe that the IEC needs to play a role to rectify the mess that they were part of creating, which has allocated voters of ward 106 to 77.

“We demand the following: they carry out door to door online registration in this sector. The IEC must also come and do loud hailing in this area to inform the community about the demarcation before the end of voter registration,” said Masha.

He said the ANC in Olievenhoutbosch is considering roping in its higher leadership structure for a possible court challenge over the “mess”.

“If the IEC fails to do that we will have to speak to our superiors that they should consider interdicting the Commission until this mess is sorted out,” Masha said.

The voters' roll at a voter station in wards 106 is said to be blank.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) election coordinator, Masilela Makgota, expressed concern that voters won’t be able to verify their registration status.

“This is the last registration weekend and if an identification number was captured incorrectly how are they going to know? Already it is an unfair game that has been played here. All political parties are being disadvantaged with what is happening right now. As the EFF we are not going to allow our members to be affected by what is happening because we have given the IEC a chance to resolve them,” said Makgota.

The Demarcation Board reconfigured ward 106 during the delimitation process due to population changes in the area. The outer boundaries of the ward were changed, resulting in part of the area now falling in ward 77 for the upcoming local government election.

Political parties have decried the process, saying the IEC failed to update the voters' roll and residents are also not aware of the new demarcation.

The IEC is yet to respond to Newsnote enquiries.

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