Presidency warns against casting doubts on integrity of the IEC

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The Presidency has warned political parties against casting doubts on the integrity of South Africa’s electoral system.

Presidency Spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya was responding to a letter by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in which the party wrote to the United States government, seeking election observers ahead of the May polls.

The official opposition party has received widespread criticism over the letter. The US has since expressed confidence in the IEC’s ability to conduct free and fair elections.

Magwenya addressed the media at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“US judging by the statement that was released last week, if I’m not mistaken, the US embassy has already rejected this very clumsy PR stunt by the DA, which has sought to undermine the integrity of our elections. As a young democracy, we have a wonderful history of holding free and fair elections and in some cases better than some of the countries that the DA has approached,” says Mangwenya.

“It is important that we say, in the absence of presenting any new, tangible ideas to the electorate, please do not cast doubt on the integrity of our electoral system,” he adds.