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IEC Urges Swift Police Action on Allegations Against Zuma’s MK Party Over Forged Signatures

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In a move ahead of the May 29 elections, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Party (MK Party), with strong backing from its president Jacob Zuma

Umkhonto Wesizwe Party (MK Party) led by Jacob Zuma

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has called upon police to accelerate their probe into serious allegations that Jacob Zuma’s Umkhonto weSizwe Party (MK party) forged signatures during the candidate nomination process. These allegations, which surfaced on Sunday through media outlets, suggest that the MK party might have engaged in pervasive forgery to meet the necessary criteria for the upcoming national elections.

In a move ahead of the May 29 elections, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Party (MK Party), with strong backing from its president Jacob Zuma
In a move ahead of the May 29 elections, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Party (MK Party), with strong backing from its president Jacob Zuma

A former high-ranking party official’s claims have further ignited this controversy, after submitting a statement to the Western Cape police just last week, accusing the party of these fraudulent activities.

In response to the swirling media reports and enquiries, the IEC confirmed that a criminal complaint has indeed been filed with the police. “The commission calls on crime investigation authorities to expedite the investigations to establish the verity of the allegations. An expeditious investigation is essential for the conduct of free and fair elections,” the commission articulated in a statement on Monday.

Furthermore, the IEC shed light on the internal processes concerning the validation of candidate nominations, noting that their system primarily verifies if the provided identity numbers match those of registered citizens. “This entailed establishing whether the person is a citizen, alive, and registered on the voters’ roll,” the IEC elucidated.

Despite these measures, the IEC conceded a significant limitation in their verification abilities, confessing that without access to a signature database, it is virtually impossible to confirm if the signatures submitted truly belong to the individuals alleged to have given them.

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