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IEC will pursue criminal charges against fraudsters

 

An Inde­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) has announced on Thurs­day is inves­ti­gat­ing alle­ga­tions of vote cheat­ing.

This fol­lows two sep­a­rate reports received by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion in which fraud­sters alleged­ly cast more than one vote at dif­fer­ent vot­ing sta­tions.

“We view these alle­ga­tions in the most seri­ous light and has launched inves­ti­ga­tions into these inci­dents,” said the Com­mis­sion.

In the light of seri­ous alle­ga­tions two poten­tial instances of dou­ble vot­ing, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion assures vot­ers and all stake­hold­ers of the over­all integri­ty of the elec­toral process.

Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has appealed to any par­ty or per­son who may have evi­dence of any elec­toral fraud or sig­nif­i­cant irreg­u­lar­i­ty to report this so we can scru­ti­nise.

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion said it will not allow the poten­tial mis­con­duct of one or two individuals–be they vot­ers or elec­tion officials–to taint the over­all out­come of these elec­tions.

“The elec­tion process has sev­er­al checks and safe­guards which togeth­er pro­tect the integri­ty of the process.

These leave a detailed foot­print of vot­er par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process we will use to find instances of elec­toral fraud.

“Where the evi­dence sup­port elec­toral fraud, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion will quar­an­tine the results of the affect­ed vot­ing dis­tricts to pur­sue crim­i­nal charges against the per­pe­tra­tors,” said the Com­mis­sion.

Elec­tion results are cap­tured and dis­played after they sat­is­fy the Com­mis­sion on its integri­ty.

“The elec­toral process also allows for polit­i­cal par­ties to raise objec­tions through­out the process.

This includes instances where they believe a vot­er was inel­i­gi­ble to vote or has vot­ed more than once,” said the Com­mis­sion.

The vot­ers’ roll allows a sin­gle reg­is­tra­tion per vot­er, pro­duce a valid ID doc­u­ment before they vote, scan­ning ID doc­u­ments before vot­ing, and mark­ing of a voter’s thumb with ink.

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