Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) do not believe there is a need for an election rerun, at least not yet.
Several smaller parties said they planned to launch legal action against the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) following what they said had been a number of irregularities during Wednesday’s national elections.
EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu branded a move by political parties who were challenging the election results as “opportunistic”, saying that there was no evidence provided of the elections not being free or fair.
“How many volunteers did they have?” Shivambu asked, “Where did they campaign? You can’t not campaign and when the results are not showing you want to object to the process.
“There’s a problem then and there. Where is the material circumstances that have caused the elections to be not free or fair, it’s pure opportunism.”
DA leader Mmusi Maimane also doesn’t see the need for an election rerun but has called for a full audit of the elections.
“We have got concerns over the electoral process in how some of the issues have been handled. I am concerned that many South Africans were able to vote twice,” Maimane stated.
“And therefore I call for an audit, it is very important. This needs to be interrogated. Of course I want free and fair elections, it is good for democracy. We must make sure that elections are the reflection of the will of the people, if they are not then it cannot be legitimized.
“We are waiting now to make sure that audit defines what the material outcomes of it is and then we will take the conversation from there.”
Amid the allegations of voting irregularities, the IEC said it would only announce the final election results once it was sure about their integrity.
The commission’s CEO Sy Mamabolo said: “The commission calls on all political parties, the media and all South Africans to show patience, calm and restraint as the process to ensure confidence is undertaken.”
The IEC said it was conducting an audit of voting stations where individuals might have voted twice. This could culminate in a delay to the final announcement of the election results, scheduled to take place on Saturday.
With just a quarter of the ballots left to be tallied and captured, the African National Congress (ANC) looks set to remain as the governing party.
African National Congress (ANC) head of elections Fikile Mbalula said that the results showed that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new dawn message resonated with its supporters.
“Two successive elections and this one I characterize as a turnaround going forward and we need to sustain that,” Mbalula said.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.