Anwar Adams might not have made his mark at the ballot box during the 2021 Elections, but he made sure that the IEC would hear his grievances this week. The Democratic Independent Party President created an almighty scene at the Western Cape’s counting centre, and he was adamant that the vote was ‘rigged’ this year.
Of course, this is an unsubstantiated claim, and Adams went on to accuse the IEC of being captured by the state. But his rant went on for so long, the Commission had to draw their briefing to a close earlier than planned.
The outgoing City Councillor is demanding a recount of all votes in the process, and believes that his party has been directly affected by bias shown ‘by both the IEC and the media’. Adams continued to vent his frustrations, until the national anthem was played over the top of his tirade…
Democratic Independent Party president Anwar Adams disrupted the Western Cape IEC’s presser saying the election was rigged and accusing the IEC, Icasa and media of bias. pic.twitter.com/SyXF4xIsLl— Scapegoat (@AndiMakinana) November 3, 2021
Democratic Independent party president and outgoing City Councillor Anwar Adams disrupted the Western Cape IEC’S final press briefing claiming the elections in the province were rigged. @TheCapeArgus pic.twitter.com/dq1pDodDsN— Mwangi Githahu (@MwangiGithahu) November 3, 2021
IEC in the Western Cape forced to close the media briefing abruptly after it was accused of vote rigging. President of Democratic Independent Anwar Adams says IEC is captured. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/XIPsL3wWU1— Let there be light!! (@atuleTheJoka) November 3, 2021
The Democratic Independent Party did not perform as well as they did in the 2016 Local Elections, but their leader is adamant that foul play is to blame. They aren’t the only party with an axe to grind against the IEC, either.
The National Freedom Party (NFP) is also demanding a recount of the votes, and they want to file a case in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday. The IEC rejected their request for a second look at the results in Ward 1 and Ward 3 of the eDumbe Municipality, and that’s left them almost as Gatvol as Anwar Adams.