2024 General Elections: EFF leader Julius Malema calls out IEC for compromising secrecy

2024 General Elections: EFF leader Julius Malema calls out IEC for compromising secrecy

  • Julius Malema was left fuming after he experienced unsatisfactory conditions at his voting station in Limpopo
  • The EFF leader accused the IEC office in the area of compromising the secrecy of the voting process
  • Briefly News attended the IEC media briefing where they dismissed the allegations and said that there were no security issues at the voting station

SESHEGO - As elections continue across the country, crowded voting stations have seen a few hiccups with the voting process. Julius Malema is the latest victim of a seemingly glitchy system. The EFF leader has called out the IEC after a bad experience at his voting station in Seshego, Limpopo.

After having had to wait for almost 3 hours before casting his vote, Malema was reportedly subjected to less-than-ideal conditions inside the station. He accused the voting station of compromising the secrecy of the voting process.

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Julius Malema is unhappy with the IEC in Seshego
EFF leader Julius Malema has criticised an IEC voting station in Limpopo. Image: J Countess/Getty
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In a video clip uploaded by NewzroomAfrika, Malema spoke to journalists outside the voting station:

"You saw how the voting booth is placed, compromising the secrecy of the ballot. The voting booth has never been placed like this before. There's something horribly going wrong in this station."

Addressing media questions at the IEC Results Centre at the Gallagher where Briefly News was in attendance, IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo dismissed these allegations from Malema. He said that there was no sabotage from the IEC's side.

Social media users react to Malema's accusations

Julius Malema's criticism of the IEC was met with mixed reactions from social media users. While others agreed with him, others questioned why he was suddenly questioning the voting process.

X user @kruts said:

"Already looking for excuses why he will be a 10%-er."

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@Maldaka said:

"This is 100% correct, first thing I questioned at my station. Why are there people on my side and my back? The setup is uncomfortable and I felt exposed."

BabaZwane asked:

"But in all honesty, does it hinder one's choice?"

UDM leader goes to the wrong voting station

In similar news, Briefly News reported that UDM leader Bantu Holomisa was almost turned away from his voting station early on election day morning. According to the IEC, the Eastern Cape premier candidate did not appear on voters' roll at that particular station. The IEC confirmed to Briefly News that Holomisa was able to vote after being directed to a different voting station.

Source: Briefly News

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Sibusisiwe Lwandle (Head of Entertainment) Sibusisiwe Lwandle is the Head of Entertainment at Briefly News (joined in 2019). She holds one Bachelor of Arts (BA) and one Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Cape Town and the University of KZN respectively. She has over 10 years of experience in journalism, having worked in print, online and broadcast media. She has worked at Independent Media and 1KZNTV and has contributed columns to the Washington Post. Passed set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Email: sibusisiwe.lwandle@briefly.co.za