- Cope member Deirdre Carter says she is shocked by the fact that the ink used to mark voters' thumbs this year was easy to remove
- She showed that this made it possible for people to vote multiple times
- Carter says her party has lodged a complaint with the IEC over the ink
Since the election, several citizens and party members have complained that the supposedly indelible ink used to mark voters' thumbs was relatively easy to remove.
One of these is Cope's Deirdre Carter, who says she was appalled by how easily the ink came off.
To prove her point of how this could have undermined election security, Carter scanned her ID at four different voting stations.
Carter visited these different stations to show that it was possible for someone to theoretically cast their vote multiple times in this election. Indeed, other party figures like the UDM's Bantu Holomisa claim that there were extensive cases of multiple voting, although this has not been confirmed.
The IEC has said that it will be investigating these allegations and also raising the issue of the substandard ink with the supplier. The ink is meant to be a safety measure to ensure that people only cast their ballot once.
Carter also complained that the 'zip zip' machines which are used to scan IDs at the polling stations should notify an election official if you have already voted.
She added that her party had lodged a formal complaint with the IEC regarding the matter, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"We've logged it on the system and reported it on a national basis," Carter said, according to Radio 702.
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