Should elections be re-run? Mixed opinions after double vote claims

Should elections be re-run? Mixed opinions after double vote claims

With allegations of 'double voting' taking South Africa by storm, smaller political parties have called for a re-election. But what does Mzansi have to say about it? Briefly.co.za takes a look at the opinions of the people.

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Smaller parties, such as the ACM and BLF, have denounced the results of Wednesday's elections, claiming that irregularities have voided the process.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that both the EFF and the DA have disagreed with this notion, saying they have faith the the IEC's ability to carry out its function.

But what does Mzansi have to say about the situation? Are citizens calling for a re-do?

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While people are furious about the irregularities - including the 'double voting' saga, voting stations running out of ballots, closing early and handling ballots incorrectly - the general consensus seems to be that a re-election would be a waste of time and money.

The IEC has announced that an audit will be carried out on a sample of voting stations to ensure there had been no irregularities. The entity has said that, while arrests have been made, no evidence has been brought forward to prove people were able to vote more than once.

Should elections be re-run? Readers have mixed opinions after double vote claims

While Mzansi seemed to enjoy the idea of another public holiday, most seemed keen to accept the results as they are and skip the effort of going through the whole process again.

One reader, Boledi Matabane, was adamant that a re-election would be an exercise in futility, saying that:

"It will be a total waste of time. There's no perfect system as long as human beings are involved. Those small discrepancies won't change the results as they are currently. IEC must just tighten their belts (and) improve their service next elections."
Should elections be re-run? Readers have mixed opinions after double vote claims

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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