National 3.8.2016 03:53 pm

Charges against Standerton presiding officer dropped

Police have confirmed that the IEC material found in a presiding officer’s vehicle in Standerton was not ballot papers. Photo: Standerton Advertiser

Police have confirmed that the IEC material found in a presiding officer’s vehicle in Standerton was not ballot papers. Photo: Standerton Advertiser

A case of convening the Electoral Act was opened but withdrawn at the Standerton Magistrates’ Court.

Standerton police have confirmed the IEC material found in a presiding officer’s vehicle did not include ballot papers, reports the Standerton Advertiser.

On Tuesday, August 2, the day before elections, a presiding officer was allegedly caught with opened IEC material, suspected to be ballot papers, near the IEC warehouse on Beyers Naudé Street. The presiding officer was responsible for one of the voting stations in Sakhile in Standerton. It was alleged he did not deliver all the IEC material at the warehouse, as he was supposed to. Some party agents claimed they saw election materials in his vehicle and alerted the police.

According to the Standerton police communications officer Lieutenant Fanie Nhlabathi, the police found a scanner, and marked and unmarked IEC envelopes used in special votes.

“The police officers searched the vehicle thoroughly and did not find any ballot papers,” said Nhlabathi.

He said a case of convening the Electoral Act was opened, but it was withdrawn at the Standerton Magistrates’ Court earlier on Wednesday.

According to Nhlabathi, the presiding officer was still offloading the material from his vehicle, and he had not been finished.

Caxton News Service

 

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