NFP remains disqualified despite 'new evidence'

2016-07-15 20:41
A small group of NFP members protest against the IEC's decision to disqualify it. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Durban – The NFP will again approach the Electoral Court in a bid to get the decision that it cannot contest the August 3 elections reviewed.

“We strongly believe that the new evidence that we have been able to collect can help the Electoral Court to review its earlier decision and we will assist the court by presenting concrete evidence,” the NFP’s acting national chairperson Bheki Gumbi said.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) on Friday dismissed the National Freedom Party’s application to review its earlier ruling disqualifying it from participating in the local government elections.

The IEC disqualified the party from contesting the elections after it failed to pay its registration fee by the June 2 deadline. The party would only be able to contest the Nquthu municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

The NFP initially said it would approach the Constitutional Court to appeal the IEC’s decision, but then said it would go back to the IEC because it had “fresh, damning evidence”.

“I don’t think they dismissed the new evidence, I think they dismissed us because they cannot change the law,” Gumbi said of the IEC’s latest decision.

The party would not give up the fight. Gumbi said members should exercise restraint and allow leaders to provide guidance.

"We are fully aware of the emotional strain caused by such news, but we urge them to remain calm. Let’s allow the party to exhaust all the processes."

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