While the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa thanks voters for coming out in numbers to participate in what they consider elections with respect for democratic electoral process, the IFP President, Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the country has never had a free and fair election, even after the first democratic elections.
During a media briefing in KwaZulu-Natal, Buthelezi told journalist that it had always been open about the credibility of the country’s elections.
“From 1994, I’ve always been seen as a spoiler; I’ve been very candid that we’ve never had a free and fair election in South Africa. Even if my party didn’t do badly, I certainly agree with the smaller parties that it wasn’t a free and fair election,” said Buthelezi.
More than 20 small parties that ran for the sixth general elections have shown dissatisfaction and are set to go the legal route against the IEC. The court case is set to challenge the outcome of the election, despite the outcome already being declared.
The commission has been served with a lawyers’ letter by 27 disgruntled political parties, which want the commission to appoint an independent audit firm to conduct the investigation into allegations of multiple voting among other irregularities.
However, the commission said this led to yet another free, fair and peaceful election, while cementing the democratic ideals adopted in 1994.
“Once again, South Africa has risen to the occasion and showed the world that our appetite for democracy is unquenchable,” Commission chairperson Glen Mashinini said on Monday.