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MK likely to make noise beyond the poll: Analyst

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Political Analyst, Goodenough Mashego, says the IEC should expect the MK Party to make noise about a lot of things, even after the current elections.

He says the party will likely continue with challenging the electoral body in court or even call for a ballot recount.

The party led by former President, Jacob Zuma, has already written to the Electoral Commission, seeking clarity on Jabulani Khumalo’s presence at the Results Operation Centre a week ago.

They’ve asked the IEC to provide the circumstances under which Khumalo was granted access to what has been dubbed the heartbeat of the elections.

Khumalo, who was expelled from the party in April, told journalists that he remains the leader of MK and no one can expel him from his organisation.

His utterances came shortly after hauling the former president to court in a bid to remove him as the face and leader of the party.

MK Party’s spokesperson, Nhlamulo Ndhlela, says Khumalo’s presence confirms their allegations of him having close relations with senior IEC officials.

Speaking to YNews last week, Ndhlela claimed that there were rumours that Khumalo was going to be paid to deregister the MK Party.

He says the IEC’s failure to provide a satisfactory explanation of Khumalo’s presence at the results center will force them to take legal action.

“The MK Party remains deeply concerned about the appearance of conduct that is seemingly partisan by the IEC, particularly the perception that it may be influenced by external political interests, notably playing for the ANC of Ramaphosa.”

Mashego says looking at the current political mood, the MK Party may refuse to certify the election results.

“This is only the beginning; the MK Party is going to make sure that it becomes more difficult for the IEC to be seen as being a fair referee of the elections.”

He believes that observers are what will save the credibility of country’s electoral process.

 

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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