Former ANC councillor unlikely to halt by-election

2013-04-23 00:00

THE hopes of a former ANC councillor to take the Independent Electoral Commission to court over alleged irregularities in voter registration and to suspend a by-election in Abaqulusi Municipality may be dashed.

This comes after concerns were raised about André Lotter’s failure to use the services of the Sheriff of the Court to serve court papers on the respondents.

Lotter lodged a court application in the Electoral Court in Bloemfontein. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party are respondents.

Lotter wants the Electoral Court to postpone the by-election, which is to be held tomorrow, to nullify the voter registration that took place in March and to impose sanctions against the ANC and IFP.

He wants sanctions imposed against people he identifies as being behind the alleged irregularities and wants the IEC allow him to register as an independent candidate for the postponed by-election.

Lotter said a court official had raised concerns that he did not use the services of the sheriff to serve notice to the respondents.

“They say I should not have served the papers by myself. I should have contracted the sheriff.”

Lotter said that only the IEC had acknowledged receipt of the court papers. The ANC and IFP officials refused to do so on Friday.

He said he had opted to serve the papers on the respondents himself because contracting the sheriff could have proved too costly.

The court could not immediately confirm if Lotter’s court papers were received and when the matter would be heard.

The Witness had not received any response at the time of going to press.

The Witness on Friday quoted Lotter as saying an IEC official had refused to accept his nomination form on April 3, the cut-off date, because he had proffered cash instead of bank-guaranteed cheque.

Lotter resigned from the ANC in January.

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