ANC's secret election plan

2013-09-22 08:09
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Johannesburg - The ANC has ordered MPs to rush through legislation that benefits the party before next year's elections, and hold back on other bills that could cause controversy or offend traditional leaders.

The Sunday Times reports that this information is contained in a strategy document that instructs MPs how to spend the next few months in parliament before it shuts down in November for election campaigning.

It orders MPs to ignore six bills currently before parliament and instead, prioritise seven draft laws, deemed "necessary for elections". These include the Infrastructure Development Bill, four pieces of legislation from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, that will change land ownership patters, The Public Service and Administration Amendment Bill and the Gender Empowerment Bill among others.

The election date has not yet been announced but the poll must take place within five years and 90 days of the last election, which was on 22 April 2009.

The timetable for the election, including when party lists must be finalised, voter registration drives and deadlines for special votes will be announced by the IEC, which will first consult with all the major political parties.

Closer to the time, the actual date of the election will be finalised and announced by President Jacob Zuma, first to the premiers of all the provinces, and then at a press conference. Once the date of the elections has been officially proclaimed, voters can no longer register.
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