Gauteng – Deputy National Police Commissioner Fanie Masemola says the 22 people who were arrested over allegations of double voting, had in fact, been found to have only attempted to double vote.

Masemola told journalists at an IEC media briefing on Friday night that after police had investigated the cases of those who were arrested, it was found that none of them had succeeded with their plans to vote more than once.

“Although attempts have been made, those places that have been concluded, the finding has been that there has not yet been any evidence of successful multiple voting.”

Masemola says police are continuing with investigations, adding;

“There are those on social media still claiming to have voted more than once. We’re still looking for them. We’ve appealed to the public to assist us in identifying them.”

The largest number of people (17) arrested for alleged double voting were nabbed in a polling station in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Another two, believed to be brothers, attempted to vote more than once in Hluhluwe, also in KZN, and one person was arrested in Mpumalanga province.

They all face charges of breaching South Africa’s Electoral Act.