No major objections received in elections

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has still not received any major objections regarding the way it conducted the 2009 General Elections.

Political parties are able to lodge a complaint with the IEC if they feel they were unfairly prejudiced, in terms of the Electoral Act.

Speaking at the IEC's Results Operation Centre, where the counting of votes is wrapping up, IEC Chairperson Brigalia Bam said this was good news.

However, she added that by law, political parties have 48 hours after voting day to raise their objections or complaints to the IEC. The deadline will close at 9pm this evening.

"When these objections are raised, depending on the kind of objection and if it is a serious one, it is then transferred to the Electoral Court. So far so good, we are very excited."

Congress of the People (Cope) presidential candidate Reverend Mvume Dandala told BuaNews on Thursday, his party had submitted some complaints to the IEC. However, he said he was pleased that the IEC was looking into the matter.

"We are quite pleased that the IEC gave attention to everything," he said on Thursday.