Christian Democratic Party pulls out of elections

2014-03-11 17:36

The Christian Democratic Party will not take part in the upcoming general elections.

“[We] decided not to take part in the 2014 May election,” party leader Theunis Botha said in a statement.

“In 2012, the CDP began to question the IEC on the punitive manner in which it confiscates deposit funds from parties that do not gain a seat in elections.”

Botha said the Independnet Electoral Commission (IEC) had failed to address the issue of confiscating deposits.

“The CDP will not continue to waste its members’ hard-earned money on the gamble of trying to gain a seat, without the resources, to market its unique policies.”

The IEC’s commitment to a free and fair election was not being met “as it cannot be considered free” if a deposit has to be paid and can be confiscated from a party.

This made it hard for the party to continue promoting its policies, he said.

“It is not fair when parties like the ANC and the Democratic Alliance between them receive close to R1 hundred million of taxpayers’ money a year to promote their policies,” he said.

Botha said since its inception in 1999, his party had taken part in every election at national and local level and had lost hundreds of thousands of rands in confiscated deposits that could have been used to market and grow the party.

A comment from IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela could not be obtained.

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