Voter regis­tered ‘stay­ing’ in as­pir­ing coun­cil­lor’s house no-show

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Avoter who fraud­u­lently regis­tered his ad­dress as that of an as­pir­ing coun­cil­lor, was a no show at one of the polling sta­tions in Manzini.

This is one of the anom­alies which were only noted af­ter ob­jec­tions had been lodged in Manzini.

Ac­cord­ing to the as­pir­ing coun­cil­lor, the young man regis­tered as liv­ing in her house was found to be from Ng­wane Park and he al­leged that he was re­quired by another as­pir­ing coun­cil­lor to vote for him.

“When we called him, he was eva­sive at first to the point of stat­ing that he never regis­tered de­spite his par­tic­u­lars which were availed on the voter’s roll,” the as­pir­ing coun­cil­lor said yes­ter­day morn­ing. It was only af­ter he was probed fur­ther that the young man al­leged that he was called by his friend to reg­is­ter so as to make up the num­bers for his spe­cific ward and the house was cho­sen ran­domly.

Due to ob­jec­tions lodged by as­pir­ing coun­cil­lors, hun­dreds of vot­ers were struck off the roll af­ter they were noted to ei­ther not be­long­ing the in their cho­sen ward or be­ing de­fault­ers. Yes­ter­day’s elec­tions were la­belled as rigged in Manzini and de­fault­ers re­ported.

Ward 3 - Man­qoba Ng­wenya.

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