Tlokwe independents want IEC chief Mosotho Moepya’s head

INDEPENDENT candidates in Tlokwe have called for chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya to resign, saying he has not fulfilled his responsibility to voters.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) held a final registration drive in Tlokwe at the weekend, for voters to provide addresses in keeping with a Constitutional Court ruling.

But the independent candidates in the municipality claim that some people have given the IEC addresses for voting districts where they do not live.

“I foresee an election disaster,” the spokesman for the candidates, David Kham, said on Sunday.

He said they would send a letter to the commission by close of business on Monday, requesting Moepya’s resignation.

The independent candidates have previously complained about parties taking advantage of the absence of addresses on the voters roll to bus in people from other districts.

Kham could not give an exact figure for the number of people he thought were wrongly registered, but said it was “a Moria of people”, referring to the Zion Christian Church’s yearly pilgrimage to Moria in Limpopo.

The IEC said its hands were tied and it could not comment on Kham’s allegations as it was still capturing and collating the number of people who had provided addresses.

The commission’s spokeswoman in the North West, Tumelontle Thiba, said she had heard no complaints about people giving false addresses. “He (Kham) was supposed to object there and then if what he is saying was true.”

She said there were no disturbances or violence during the weekend, but the turnout for address provision in the municipality was low.



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