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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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