In The Mayor, Me, Especially YOU, i aimed to encourage Knysna Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies to hold a public meeting to discuss issues such as the illegal funding of Knysna Tourism, the controversial first contract for the ISDF (plan for Knysna’s future), the auditor’s report on her partner, the DA’s propaganda campaign against me etc.
Unfortunately, the poll attempt when belly-up when i noticed abnormal voting. There were simply to many votes happening too consistently e.g the first time i noticed it, there were 14 votes over 7 minutes, each happening consistently at approximately 29-31 seconds. Then aware, i noticed it happen several more times the same morning.
As popular as the topic was, the fact is that the majority of people do not bother to vote. The only exceptions in the past were regards animal issues (unfortunately, humans topics are not as popular).
Simultaneously, a propaganda campaign was running against me, involving people such as DA Councillor Dr. Martin Young, Mark Allan, Mayor Bouw-Spies and Amanda Martin (possibly fake profile, connected to the Ubuntu Party i’d previously criticised).
I figured out what was happening. After i dismissed proxy servers as an option, i discovered that it was a simpler matter of deleting the cookies in one’s internet history and then refreshing the page so as to vote again.
That irregular voting i noticed was against the public meeting i was calling for but, to be fair, if it can be rigged one way, it can also be rigged the other way.
I was under pressure by that propaganda campaign and regretfully, for a while, considered making myself win that poll so as to push the point of public accountability at the Mayor. But then i would have been playing their game so, instead, after 774 votes, i took it offline and accepted the loss.
In future, until i can afford a paid for service i will restrict polls to less political contentious matters.
My questions to Mayor Bouw-Spies are: “If a hundred, hundred and fifty or whatever number of people wanted a public meeting, would you allow it? Is there any number in your mind where communication and transparency comes into play? What will it take to get you to uphold your electioneering promises? Why are you not simply volunteering to Democratic Alliance accountability? Do you have something to hide?”
To my readers, i remind you some of the issues at stake, situations in which the DA is seemingly cleaning up without accepting responsibility. Please visit Important Links.
And i remind you what was happening around the time of the poll:
- MAYOR, WHAT JUST HAPPENED???
- Dear DA Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies, You Disappoint
- The Mayor, Me & That MP3 Recording
- The Mayor, Fran Kirsten & the Communications Contract
- Knysna Mayor Bouw-Spies & Alleged Illegal Director
- Email to Mayor Regarding Alleged Illegal Director
- Emails: Melony Paulsen, Knysna Municipality Legal Adviser
- Democratic Alliance Uses Child Abuse as Propaganda Weapon
- The Evidence Against DA Councillor Dr. Martin Young
- Muddy Mayor & Muddy Newspaper
- Elaine King, KPH Editor, Will You Be Interviewed?