Double voting at Zakhele
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.