Zuma condemns political violence and intimidation

2016-06-10 20:31

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has condemned recent acts of violence and intimidation in the run-up to the August 3 municipal election.

In a statement issued on Friday, Zuma said political parties should adhere to the Charter of Election Ethics, which was signed in May.  

"We must all ensure peaceful and orderly campaigning, as well as free political activity throughout the country," he said.

Recently, about 10 people have reportedly been killed in incidents suspected to be politically linked.

On Wednesday night, two women were shot shortly after leaving an ANC branch meeting in Pietermaritzburg. One woman died at the scene, the other was believed to be fighting for her life in hospital.

However, Zuma said the South African Police Service was ensuring stability and security.

Assigning voter addresses

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure were operational and the sub-committee on elections was co-ordinating safety and security planning for the elections, he said.  

Zuma also added that the elections' Inter-Ministerial Committee was co-ordinating the assignment of addresses to households without formal addresses.

Ideally everyone in the country must have an address, he said.

On June 14, the Constitutional Court will announce its ruling on the IEC voter address matter.

The IEC filed an application with the Constitutional Court in April, asking it to set aside an Electoral Court ruling which it said could see millions of people disqualified from voting.

On November 30 last year the Constitutional Court ruled that the 2013 Tlokwe by-elections were not free and fair.

7.9 million addresses missing

The court ruled that all new voters who registered had to have address details, or sufficient details of where they lived, to place them in a voting district.

The by-elections were scheduled to be re-run in February this year.

The Electoral Court, however, halted them at the last minute after six independent candidates complained that more than 4 198 addresses were missing from the new voters' roll. Subsequently several other by-elections around the country were postponed.

The IEC was arguing that, should the Electoral Court judgment stand, the August 3 local government elections would not be able to go ahead.

This was because it could not provide addresses for 7.9 million voters who were registered but whose addresses were not on the IEC's system.
 


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