2024 General Election: Special Votes in Ulundi Delayed, IEC Voting Station Closed

2024 General Election: Special Votes in Ulundi Delayed, IEC Voting Station Closed

  • The National Freedom Party's Secretary-General Canaan Mdletshe could not cast his special vote in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal
  • He posted a video on social media in which he said that he found the voting station closed and without an IEC official
  • South Africans accused the Independent Electoral Commission of not wanting elections to take place in the province

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A voting station in Ulundi was closed and the secretary general of the National Freedom Party could not cast a special vote
Ulundi residents could not cast special votes because the voting station was closed. Images: Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images and Rajeh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images
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ULUNDI, KWAZULU-NATAL — The voting station in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, was not open for special votes, according to a prominent member of the National Freedom Party.

NFP secretary-general finds station closed

@ZANewsFlash posted a video of the NFP's secretary-general, Canaan Mdletshe, talking about his experience. According to Mdletshe, he arrived at the voting station in Ward 19 at 11am on 27 May to cast a special vote, but not a single Independent Electoral Commission official was on site. Two hours later, the voting station was still closed.

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"Unfortunately for myself and many others who have come to cast their votes, we have to go back home, but the worst part is I have to go back to Gauteng, so that means I may not get an opportunity to vote,.
"The IEC must attend to this matter urgently because if day one is disorganised, what's going to happen on Wednesday?"

Watch the full video here:

South Africans comment on the video

Netizens gave their views on what allegedly transpired at the voting station.

Nsindiso Dube said:

"Then when questions are raised, people choose to attack rather than to get accountability."

Babakaveeh said:

"The IEC is busy with court cases instead of preparing for elections."

Zikode said:

"Looks like the IEC doesn't want elections to happen in KZN."

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Gqaza Lubabalo said:

"They are still somewhere filling those ballots with ANC votes."

Black Tiger said:

"He must come back tomorrow again."

IEC addresses vote-rigging allegations

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the Independent Electoral Commission dismissed claims that political parties rigged votes in KZN.

The IEC clarified that the viral video of a ballot storage facility was part of the IEC's logistics plan to transport ballots closer to the respective voting stations.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za

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