Community stage march to demand a ward councillor

2013-11-26 00:00

RESIDENTS of ward 22 in the AbaQulusi Municipality, who have been without a councillor for more than a year, are staging a march tomorrow demanding their right to have a public representative.

A by-election for the ward has been wrapped up in a lengthy legal tussle over alleged fraud in the voters’ roll.

The residents want the court processes speeded up. They will be handing over a memorandum to the town’s chief magistrate and the local representative of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

ANC MPL K.K. Nkosi said the residents’ gripe is that it is unconstitutional that they have not had a councillor for more than a year.

The legal battle started after former ANC councillor and Vryheid resident Andrè Lotter went to the Constitutional Court over voters allegedly being fraudulently registered in the ward. The Constitutional Court sent the matter back to the Electoral Court and the IEC is apparently in the process of carrying out the second investigation.

The Witness reported last week that more than 300 people had been removed from the voters’ roll after it was found that they did not reside in ward 22. The forms of 28 voters could not be located in the local IEC offices. The IEC said that the 337 people found not residing in the ward would be given seven days to make representations before they were finally removed from the voters’ roll.

The matter is still to come before the Electoral Court.

Ward 22 was previously led by Lotter, who resigned from the ANC and attempted to stand as an independent. But the IEC official refused to accept his nomination form on April 3, the cut-off date, because he had cash instead of a bank guaranteed check.

Lotter went to court and since then, two by-elections have been interdicted.

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