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Twenty suspects nabbed attempting to swindle votes

Police have arrest­ed scores of sus­pects attempt­ing to defraud polling sta­tions after remov­ing ink on their thumps to cast votes for the sec­ond time.

Police Spokesper­son Brigadier Vish­nu Naidoo con­firmed they arrest­ed 20 sus­pects for con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 88 (d) of the Elec­toral Act — try­ing to cast more votes.

“We arrest­ed 19 sus­pects in KwaZu­lu-Natal includ­ing six­teen in Dan­hauser, two in Hluh­luwe and one in Port Shep­stone. Police arrest­ed anoth­er sus­pect in Dou­glas­dale, Gaut­eng,” said Naidoo.

The sus­pects will appear in var­i­ous courts in KwaZu­lu-Natal and Gaut­eng province.

Naidoo said police have arrest­ed anoth­er sus­pect in Limpopo on Tues­day night.

Arnold Mulaudzi appeared in the Vuwani Magistrate’s Court on Thurs­day fac­ing on charges of con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 87(1)(a) par. 2 & 3 of the Elec­toral Act 73 of 1998.

Malaudzi  is out on R5000 bail.

The court has post­poned the case to June 3, 2019 pend­ing fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion.

“These arrests are indica­tive that the secu­ri­ty fea­tures used by the Inde­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to pre­vent “dou­ble vot­ing” from tak­ing place has been effec­tive,” said Naidoo.

The Inde­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC)  said they car­ry out the four lay­ers of secu­ri­ty to pro­tect the integri­ty of the elec­tion process.

Naidoo  said peo­ple brag­ging on social media hav­ing cast “dou­ble votes” must realise it’s trans­gres­sion of the Elec­toral Act, if not fraud or both.

“We have also not­ed var­i­ous video clips and mes­sages on social media, most were deci­sive­ly dealt with,” added Naidoo.

In one case IEC offi­cials were fired while “oper­at­ing” from the back of a bakkie.

Naidoo said they clar­i­fied box­es found on the side of a road which passer­by’s assumed they were car­ry­ing vot­ing mate­r­i­al, adding that in oth­er cas­es peo­ple are being charged.
“While we appre­ci­ate the over­whelm­ing sup­port by the nation through­out the vot­ing process, we want to appeal to every­one engag­ing in cel­e­bra­tions to do so respon­si­bly,” said Naidoo.

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