Nov 29, 2021

Blow For The DA As ConCourt Rule In Favour Of IEC

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The IEC set a new deadline of Tuesday after the court ruled that elections could not be postponed to next year.

FILE PHOTO: The Constitutional Court sign which ruled in favour of the IEC on the reopening of the candidates list. PICTURE: MG

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BLOEMFONTEIN: The Constitutional Court dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s application on Monday.

The Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s application against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for reopening local government candidates lists ahead of the 1 November polls.

The DA went to the ConCourt to challenge the IEC’s decision to amend the elections timetable by giving parties another chance to submit names of councillor candidates to contests the local government elections.

The IEC set a new deadline of Tuesday after the court ruled that elections could not be postponed to next year and instructed the commission to hold a voter registration drive – opening the voter’s roll.

Legal experts differed on the interpretation of the judgment and on whether it was reasonable for the commission to set a new date for candidates lists.

The IEC argued that holding a registration drive meant they had to set a new deadline for the lists while the main opposition has argued that the only amendments permitted following the recent ConCourt order are for the voters’ registration to take place.

The ANC stood to lose the most if the DA won the case, as it failed to submit the full candidate list in more than 20 municipalities.

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