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Cope cries foul over ANC's 'unfair' advantage in by-election

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jun 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Congress of the People in KwaZulu-Natal cried foul during yesterday's by-election in Durban, which they were contesting against the DA and the ANC.

Cope complained that the ANC had bussed people in from KwaMashu and Amaoti to cast their votes at the Rose Hill Primary School voting station in Durban North.

"It was chaotic and clumsy. People were transported in kombis and trucks from various areas to cast votes for the ANC," Cope provincial spokesperson Nkosinathi Mkhize said.

"Though according to the voters' roll, they were legitimate and registered voters, we are of the view that it must have placed the ANC at an unfair advantage," added Mkhize.

Mkhize said they could not lodge a complaint with the IEC because they were not party agents and that what happened was not illegal.

"Bussing people to a voting station is not illegal, according to the elections Act, so no laws were broken, but we maintain that it should not have happened the way it happened," he said.

KwaZulu-Natal had three by-elections - in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Dannhauser - the results of which are expected today.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Amaoti has suspended two of its members accused of stopping a community development project in the area.

A source said the party and branch executive committee members met yesterday and decided to suspend two "rotten potatoes" who had obstructed the project.

"The eight-day project would have created jobs, but the two had threatened the construction company," the source said.

The project was cancelled as a result of this.

"The executive committee decided to suspend them until the province takes a decision on their future," the party source said.


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