The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) announces that it has completed all its investigations and rendered decisions of all electoral complaints that were received before, during, and after election-day to the IEC.
The ECC officially notified the Independent Election Commission (IEC) about the 2completion of the investigation process, and accordingly submitted its final decisions to the IEC on 16 December 2009.
The ECC has finalized all of its decisions with respect to polling and counting for the Presidential elections and has officially communicated them to the IEC. The IEC is responsible for adjusting candidates' vote totals in accordance with the ECC's decisions before it may certify the final results.
The ECC issued three separate decisions with respect to certification of the Presidential election results.
Today the ECC and IEC began the audit and recount process that was mandated by ECC's order of 08 September 2009. The order stipulates that polling stations for the Presidential Election that meet the following criteria are to be subject to an audit and recount:
- The total number of votes in a polling station is 600 or more; and
- One Presidential candidate received 95 percent or more of the total valid votes cast in a polling station (if the total number of votes cast exceeds 100).
Taking into account the time it would take to individually examine the large number of ballot …
In the course of its investigations, the ECC has found clear and convincing evidence of fraud in a number of polling stations. The overwhelming majority in which the ECC found clear and convincing evidence of fraud were also characterized by either an exceptionally high number of presidential votes cast per station in relation to the number of ballots available; or an exceptionally high percentage of ballots cast for only one candidate; or both.