UDM Leader Bantu Holomisa Unveils Visionary Manifesto in Historic Launch
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa delivering the party's manifesto in Midrand in March 2024. - PHOTO: Supplied

In a recent statement, Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), has expressed grave concerns over alleged irregularities in the delivery of voting materials for special votes ahead of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections. Holomisa highlighted incidents in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, citing video evidence that shows voting materials being delivered under questionable circumstances.

The UDM leader detailed one instance where voting materials and ballot papers were transported to distribution points in KwaZulu-Natal in a manner that lacked transparency and security. Even more troubling, Holomisa reported a separate case where similar materials were delivered to a private residence in Mpumalanga. These incidents, he argued, significantly undermine the credibility of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and cast doubt on the integrity of the upcoming elections.

This situation does not bode well for the reputation of the IEC. More importantly, it casts serious doubt on the freedom and fairness of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections, – Holomisa asserted.

To address these concerns, Holomisa called on the IEC to provide political parties with comprehensive information regarding the number of special votes registered and the quantity of ballot papers issued per Voting District (VD). He emphasized that such transparency is essential to ensure that the electoral process is not compromised.

The UDM also demanded that special votes be counted and tallied separately from the general ballot papers. According to Holomisa, this measure is critical to preventing vote rigging and maintaining the integrity of the democratic process. “By doing so, we can safeguard the democratic process and maintain trust in our electoral system,” he stated.

The allegations and subsequent demands by the UDM come at a crucial time as South Africa prepares for the 2024 elections. The IEC has yet to respond to these claims, but the situation undoubtedly raises pressing questions about the measures in place to ensure a free and fair election.

As the electoral process continues, the UDM’s call for greater transparency and stricter handling of special votes will likely resonate with voters and other political parties alike, all of whom share a vested interest in the legitimacy of the election outcomes.

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