35 Parties claim that elections were not free and fair, call for audit

35 Parties claim that elections were not free and fair, call for audit

- 35 political parties claim that there were significant irregularities in this year's election

- They have called for an audit and rerun of the voting process

- In a public statement, the parties claimed that the IEC had dismissed them as "disgruntled"

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35 political parties have said that this year's election was not free and fair.

They since called for an independent investigation of the voting process.

In a public statement, they alleged that the election was "irregular" and "not transparent".

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The parties submitted a letter to the IEC on Thursday evening voicing their grievances. They have demanded an audit of the election, as well as a complete rerun of the voting process.

The bulk of these parties are small parties with little chance at this point of winning a meaningful number of National Assembly seats. They include BLF, ACM, ATM, Patriotic Alliance and more.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane, however, has said that the audit must be undertaken before any claims of the election's integrity being undermined can be made, according to The Citizen.

The parties reportedly came to an agreement to voice their objections to the election following a meeting they held together, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Their grievances stem, in part, from the supposedly indelible ink which turned out to be easily removable, as well as the claims that some people voted multiple times.

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These parties claim that the IEC has already dismissed them as "disgruntled". For now, at least, they appear determined to press their objections to the election further.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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