\u201cTwo separate instances have been brought to the attention of the Electoral Commission over the past few hours, in which it is alleged voters were able to cast more than one vote at different voting stations,\u201d the IEC said two hours after voting stations closed at 9pm on Wednesday. An investigation has since been launched into these incidents. The Commission assured the nation that while investigations are underway, the election process contains a number of checks and safeguards, which together serve to protect the integrity of the process. These layers of security include: The voters\u2019 roll, which only allows registered voters to vote \u2013 and only allows for a single registration per voter.The requirement for voters to produce a valid ID document before they vote.The scanning of ID documents prior to voting.The marking of a voter\u2019s thumb with ink.The completion of a form containing the details of voters and the signing of a sworn declaration by voters where they vote at a voting station at which they are not registered.Party agents and observers monitoring all aspects of the voting, counting and results capturing process.In-built system-based exception reports for which various tolerance levels have been set. According to the IEC, all of these leave a detailed footprint of voter participation in the process and can be used both separately and in combination to identify instances of electoral fraud. \u201cAs part of the process of finalising the results of the elections, the Commission will assess data from scanners, VEC 4 forms (used when voters vote outside their voting districts) and the voters\u2019 roll to identify potential risks,\u201d said the IEC. Where evidence is found to support electoral fraud, the Electoral Commission said it will firstly quarantine the results of the affected voting districts and then pursue criminal charges against the perpetrators. \u201cThe Electoral Commission appeals to any party or person who may have evidence of any electoral fraud or significant irregularity to report this immediately so that it can be thoroughly investigated. \u201cThe Electoral Commission will not allow the potential misconduct of one or two individuals \u2013 be they voters or election officials \u2013 to taint the overall outcome of these elections,\u201d said the IEC. The integrity of the results is paramount to the credibility of all elections and all election results are only finally captured and displayed in the results system when the Commission is satisfied with the integrity of the results. Contesting political parties are allowed to raise objections throughout the process. This includes instances where they believe a voter was ineligible to vote or has voted more than once.