IFP pain over Umzumbe

2011-05-13 00:00

THE IFP is still licking its wounds after the Constitutional Court ruled they could not contest the Umzumbe municipality.

IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi told the media during their rally at Oshabeni sports ground on Wednesday that they had wanted people to have an opportunity to elect political representatives of their choice to the municipality from a wide spectrum of political parties.

“We are very disappointed with the ruling, but we accept the court’s decision,” said Buthelezi and added that it is important for them to win Ugu District Municipality because their provincial chairperson, Mntomuhle Khawula, is the former mayor of Ugu, but was removed from power by means of the now scrapped floor crossing law, which they condemned.

He said the party is hoping to do well in the upcoming elections, despite the challenges of being denied the right to participate in Umzumbe as well as a lack of funding to run election campaigns.

“Small political parties do not have enough funds to canvas votes from the people. We urge the people to vote the IFP on May 18,” he said.

IFP general treasurer and National Executive Committee member, Narend Singh, said they hope to have PR councilors in Umzumbe municipality. He conceded that the party was absolutely devastated by the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

The IFP will no longer be allowed to participate in the upcoming elections in the Umzumbe municipality after they were refused permission to submit their candidate list to the IEC, because they missed the deadline. The party approached the Electoral Court which ruled in their favour, but the IEC took the matter up to the Constitutional Court.

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