High-level audit to check for fraud will delay final results

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- citizen.co.za | 4 months ago

The final election results may not be out on Saturday as initially announced because a high-level audit has to be done to verify various suspected fraudulent incidents of double voting by some people, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) announced yesterday.

By law, the commission has seven days in which to announce the results and the audit process may not be completed by Saturday. But IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said the commission was confident “this exercise will be completed in time to provide assurance of the integrity of the results within this period”.

The probe kicked off immediately yesterday with the addition of more resources to capture the information from the VEC 4 forms and zip-zips into spreadsheets to facilitate comparisons and data analysis.

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