Election date interdict dismissed

2011-02-10 12:07
Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court dismissed an urgent application to interdict President Jacob Zuma from announcing the date of the local government elections in his State of the Nation address on Thursday.

The Hola Bona Renaissance (HBR) Foundation wanted the interdict because of concerns over the suspension of changes to municipal boundaries in September 2008 until after the forthcoming municipal elections.

Zuma could announce the election during his address, which is scheduled to begin at 19:00.

The court on Thursday morning also dismissed the foundation's application, filed on Wednesday, to have the matter heard urgently.

It had made the application against the president and 10 other respondents, including the ministers of local government and justice, the Municipal Demarcation Board and the Independent Electoral Commission.

The court said it would give instructions on the application's future at a later date.

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