A discrepancy in some figures from the 2019 general elections has raised alarm over possible voter fraud, and the DA has asked for a full audit of Gauteng’s voting stations.  Business Day queried data from regional and provincial Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) offices after questions were raised of possible double voting. The elections have been riddled with fraud allegations since voting stations closed on May 8. The incidents range from voters claiming on social media to have voted more than once, to arrests, now said to be around 20. This mainly relates to the ink with which voters were marked — as required by the Electoral Act — which washes off easily. Importantly, the figures queried by Business Day, or the discrepancies, do not amount to voter fraud, an offence that could result in up to five years in prison or a fine. But they do reinforce some allegations in the public domain. At Rayton in northern Gauteng, the voting tent at the Hillside sports ground recor...

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