Dou­ble vot­ing at Zakhele

Observer on Saturday - - News -

espite re­peated calls for the in­ter­ven­tion by polling of­fi­cers in the two polling sta­tions in Ward One in Manzini scores of vot­ers were fer­ried in a blue Honda Fit to dou­ble vote at the un­used com­mu­nity mar­ket op­po­site the shop­ping com­plex on Satur­day. Jan Hor­ton, who lost in the elec­tion, filed a protest that fell on deaf ears about a non res­i­dent of Zakhele who was al­lowed to vote de­spite that to­gether with her Bhembe twins they stay at Ng­wane Park, at a Ma­suku home­stead in Lud­wala, a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ward.

DShe also owns a hair­dress­ing sa­lon in that ward. Hor­ton says he also re­quested the po­lice to open an en­quiry but they did not ar­rest the sus­pect. Hor­ton al­leges that the list of none res­i­dents who were al­lowed by a fraud­u­lent vot­ers’ roll to vote runs in the hun­dreds in that ward alone de­spite ev­i­dence that the roll can­not even re­flect the phys­i­cal ad­dresses of the said vot­ers.

The dou­ble vot­ing was a re­sult of the fact that the wa­ter mark used was of such poor qual­ity that even the torch de­tec­tors were mal­func­tion­ing, thus mak­ing Ward One can­di­dates mak­ing a killing with the dou­ble vot­ing. To prove this the list of vot­ers at the de­funct mar­ket fa­cil­ity and those at the Zakhele com­mu­nity hall are just about the same. Hor­ton will also prove that in his in­ves­ti­ga­tions he planted two of his sup­port­ers just to col­lect the in­tel­li­gence to prove the dou­ble vot­ing.

Po­lice Chief Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Khu­lani Mamba con­firmed that an en­quiry was opened by the Manzini po­lice fol­low­ing Hor­ton’s complaint and that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing.

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