ATM makes about-turn, ditches IEC challenge

Mzwanele Manyi
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The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has pulled out of the 27 political parties who were challenging the election results.

The parties had threatened to take the Independent Electoral Commission to the Electoral Court should it fail to give in to their demand that it appoints an independent audit firm to investigate alleged electoral irregularities.

The parties cited claims of double voting and shortage of voting material as come of their concerns.

The IEC however, dug in its heels – rejecting the plea.

Early on Saturday, it announced that it believes the integrity of the 2019 polls was never compromised.

It also complained that none of the complaining parties have managed to back up their claims with evidence.

Hours later, the ATM announced its change of tune.

The new kid on the block says it respects the IEC’s decision and will abide by the results.

The party says the change of heart was due to the Statistician General’s talks with the aggrieved parties.

It says it’s now confident that the IEC has acted above board and there’s no need for an independent audit.

According to unofficial results, the party has made it to the National Assembly and will have two Members in Parliament.

It’s not yet clear what the stance of the 26 other parties is.

Listen to ATM’s Mzwanele Manyi’s take on the matter: