‘ANC, IFP must be stopped’

2013-07-30 00:00

CHIEF justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has received an application from independent candidate Andre Lotter to stop the ANC and IFP from taking part in next week’s by-election in the Abaqulusi Municipality.

Lotter said in his application to the Constitutional Court that the election in Ward 22 had been scheduled to take place in April, but was postponed after complaints of election fraud by the ANC and IFP were submitted to the police.

As result of these complaints and an order by the Electoral Court, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had removed the names of about 1 100 registered voters from the voters’ roll.

The court also ordered the IEC to investigate the allegations of fraud.

In his application, Lotter described the IEC as “a guard dog that has fallen asleep”.

Lotter said apart from the fraudulent names that had been removed, there were at least 1 700 other voters whose names remained fraudulently registered on the voters’ roll.

He said the IEC had done nothing to investigate the charges and the fraudsters were not pointed out, nor had it been explained what “incentives” had been used to convince so many people to have their names fraudulently placed on a local voters’ roll.

Lotter asked that the Constitutional Court order an independent commission to take over the IEC’s investigation before next Wednesday.

He said he had information that this type of fraud was happening across South Africa.

“It could destroy [our] democracy,” Lotter said.

In terms of the Electoral Act, both the ANC and IFP could be prohibited from taking part in next Wednesday’s ward election, Lotter said.

The ANC, however, had no fear of such an order being given because the party believed it was “untouchable”, he said.

The chief justice has already given the ANC, IFP and IEC a directive to submit their responses to Lotter’s application by tomorrow.

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