IEC defies objections, readies to release election results


Cape Town – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is poised to announce the results of South Africa’s general elections on Sunday, despite former president Jacob Zuma’s warning of potential “trouble” if the announcement proceeds.

Zuma, now the leader of the MK party, alleged vote-rigging occurred when the IEC’s results dashboard malfunctioned for a few hours on Friday and declared that no results should be announced unless coordinated with his party.

“Nobody is going to announce tomorrow unless they were working with us,” said Zuma at the IEC’s national results centre in Midrand on Saturday night.

In response to the allegations, IEC chairperson Mosotho Moepya acknowledged hearing various concerns but emphasized that the Commission remains focused on its duties. He assured that the IEC would order recounts in specific areas if valid objections were found.

“Where the Commission finds materiality through the results process it will order appropriate remedy, which in some instances may include specific recounts,” he said.

Opposition parties, including the MK party and the African Congress for Transformation (ACT), have called for a manual recount of all ballots, citing fairness concerns.

Several parties in the Western Cape, including the ANC, EFF, Cope, Freedom Front Plus, Good, and Al-Jamah, have also filed objections over voting irregularities after the DA secured a majority in the province.

Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, admitted his party lost votes to the MK party and expressed openness to forming coalitions with the MK, ANC, and even the DA.

Malema reaffirmed his leadership position, stating he will not step down and remains in charge.

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