Thursday, February 19, 2009

'Dead' voters made their mark

Cape Town - Half a million officially "deceased" people had tried to register to vote in the last municipal election, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday.

But the fact that they had pitched up at registration stations was "solid proof" they were not dead, IEC chief executive officer Pansy Tlakula told members of Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee.

Sketching a scene worthy of a Monty Python script, she said the fault lay with the Population Register.

"In 2006, we had about, I think it was 500 000 people, who were indicated as deceased according to the Population Register. But they had physically come to the voting stations to register.

"So we had solid proof they were not deceased because they had physically presented themselves for registration." Tlakula said the IEC had managed to sort out the problem with home affairs, and the "deceased" had been reinstated on the register.

"So we put them back on the Population Register because we had proof they were alive." However, she warned that in the coming April 22 elections, "if a person presents themselves... at the voting station and they are indicated as deceased on the Voters' Roll, we can't do anything about it".

Questioned about this by committee chairperson Patrick Chauke, she repeated: "If they are not on the Voters' Roll, they cannot vote.

" Chauke described this as a serious problem, and pondered:

"If we had 500 000 then, how many do we have now? I'm very worried."

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

First prisoners, and then "dead" people get the vote, but white's living abroad are not allowed to vote!

Anonymous said...

What a circus

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 04h15: That's coz the prisoners and dead people will be voting for the ruling party. Expats abroad will probably not be.