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Abandoned ballot box found at house in Limpopo, IEC says issue was resolved

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Nov 1, 2021

A ballot box was allegedly found abandoned at a house in Malamulele, Limpopo on Sunday, 31 October. Another ballot box was believed to be left behind at a house in Giyani on Saturday but the IEC says this was not the case.

BALLOT BOXES LEFT BEHIND

According to SABC News, the ballot box found in Malamulele, which is in the Collins Chabani Municipality in Limpopo, was forgotten at the home of an alleged Special Voter on Sunday.

The owner of the house said an IEC Electoral Officer visited her home on Sunday but found that her name was not on the list. When the officer left, the owner of the house found that the box was left behind.

The owner of the house handed over the box to party agents at the voting station at Xihlovo Primary School near her house, according to SABC News.

READ: Elections officer probed for allegedly stuffing marked ballots in ballot box

GIYANI VIRAL VOICENOTE

On Saturday, 30 October – the first day of special voting – a ballot box with ballot papers was allegedly found at a house in Giyani in the Vhembe district

The woman who owns the house did not want to be recorded by the SABC News crew on the ground but said she found the box in her yard. However, an audio clip of her explaining the situation to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and IEC officials went viral.

She also said that an IEC official that visited her home forgot the box. IEC spokesperson Khathutshelo Radzilani said the matter has been resolved. The spokesperson said an Electoral Officer was visiting the house to assist an elderly lady to vote when someone grabbed the box while the officer was on the phone.

“As our presiding officer was busy reporting stats to the office one of the people who were there, who is a party agent picked up the box and made a trending video saying here is the ballot box inside is ballot papers it’s left here whereas, it just because the presiding officer was busy reporting stats immediately took that and it was within her possession,” said Radzilani.

According to SABC News, however, some party agents allegedly claimed that the woman was not a registered special voter and said they don’t understand why the officers visited her home with the ballot box.

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