Sorry, you can’t vote for GOD

2011-03-26 00:00

GOD won’t be able to represent voters in the local government elections, but the Dagga Party will be allowed to take a pot shot at power, as will many other fringe parties who have been approved by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Among the parties rejected by the IEC is the KwaZulu-Natal-based GOD Party — Guys of Delivery Party — who failed to make the cut because, according to its founder, Verdraj Moonsamy Chetty, the party’s acronym is deemed to be blasphemous.

The Dagga Party (or Iqela Lentsango Party), on the other hand, hopes to prove that it is more than a political toke, even though it will only contest one Western Cape municipality, Langeberg, which comprises the trendy towns of Robertson, Montagu, Ashton, McGregor and Bonnievale.

Party leader Jeremy Acton, who is from Montagu, told Weekend Witness this week,“We do have a small branch in KwaZulu-Natal in the ­Ndwedwe area, but it’s still operating secretly.

“We are planning to launch nationally but we are still collecting signatures for that purpose. It is our belief that dagga must be legalised and that’s the primary reason for establishing our party.”

Nana Ngobese the leader of the ­Pietermaritzburg-based Women Forward (WF) party, which contested the 2009 national elections and got about 10 000 votes, said her party is not contesting the local government elections.

Ngobese said her party fights for women’s issues and they are currently concentrating on contesing national elections.

Chetty said, “We were planning to contest elections in most KZN municipalities but since the rejection of our name, our plans had been aborted. We saw nothing wrong with the name as in full, it has nothing to do with God. We have no plans of reviving the party under the different names,” Chetty said.

Shaweep Noor of the Cape Town-based PAP — People’s Africa Party — said he decided to deregister his party for the local government elections because he wants to build the party to make it stronger for the next elections.

“We first contested the local government elections in the Western Cape in 2006 and did not win any seat because we were still marketing the party. I believe we still have some work to do before contesting another election. Our name has got nothing to do with ‘pap’, the meal. We are against the dominance of big banks and companies in our economy which leaves the wealth of the country into the hands of the minority.”

Several political parties participated in the first democratic elections in 1994 but many are nowhere to be seenwhile others, even though they did not do very well, still continue to contest elections.

The Soccer Party (Sports Organisation for Collective Contributions and Equal Rights), for example, has vanished, while the Kiss Party (Keep It Straight and Simple Party) is still around.

Other parties with unusual names on the IEC list are : SA Maintenance and Estate Beneficiaries Association (Sameba), VIP Party (Voice of Independent Party), the Newcastle-based South African Determined Volunteers (Sadev) , Mind Party (Makana Independent New Deal) in the Eastern Cape.

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