SOUTH AFRICA’S electoral commission has ordered a partial rerun of a local poll following allegations of ballot-rigging.
The commission said the Metsimaholo municipal election would be run again in Zamdela ward and there would be a probe into why ballot papers stamped for one area were used in a different one.
Consequently, it has not yet published official results.
The election was notable for being the first that the South African Communist Party (SACP) has contested separately from its African National Congress (ANC) alliance partner.
SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila alleged earlier that there had been fraud, with people bused in and deceased people registered as “special voters.”
“We are living in a capitalist system and buying votes has become the order of the day,” SACP Free State secretary Bheke Stofile said yesterday.
He added that he was not surprised by the party’s 7 per cent result, given that the communists had only decided to enter the contest two weeks before.
Mr Stofile said it was too early to talk about potentially joining the ANC in a coalition.