ConCourt elections judgment largely welcome

2021-Sep-07   06:32

ConCourt elections judgment largely welcome

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

There's been a general positive reaction to the Constitutional Court judgment to have local government elections held by 1 November 2021. This after the apex court dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IECs) application to have the next municipal elections postponed to February next year. 

Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa welcomed the ruling, saying postponing elections would have set a “dangerous precedence”.

"We found that on the IEC presentation to the Moseneke inquiry, election can go ahead as scheduled. This is for a number of reasons, including and not limited to the fact that we don't want to set a dangerous precedence of postponing such events," said Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa researcher, Thembelani Mazibuko.

He said the electoral commission successfully held by-elections in parts of the country and other countries have also held elections despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) sent a stern warning to the electoral commission not to reopen the candidates submissions process.

“We wish to warn the IEC not to misinterpret this court judgment and the instruction to open voter registration as an opportunity to reopen the process of candidate submission and proportional representation submission,” said the EFF in a statement. 

This after African National Congress (ANC) failed to meet the 23 August deadline to register all its candidates. 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) called on IEC chairperson, Glen Mashinini, to step down. The DA said Mashinini's responsibility is to ensure the IEC conducts free and fair elections within the constitutionally mandated timeframe and is clearly failing at that.  

The DA and EFF are the only political parties that are contesting all wards in the country.

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