A problem with voters’ roll

2016-06-01 06:00

WE have a major problem with our voters’ roll. Since our democracy rests on the credibility of our election results and those who eventually govern our country, we must see this as a very worrying situation.

There have been some thought-provoking statements made by the Concourt around this case. For example, Chief Justice Mogoeng said: “I find this case very difficult. The IEC’s papers highlight their failure to understand legal obligations on them to source and record addresses since December 2003.

“If you don’t have a number of a street name, your address is not available to the IEC, because you don’t have a viable address. If Stats SA is available and can assist the IEC in months, why does it (the IEC) need four years to get address details of voters?”

Judge Dikgang Moseneke reacted by saying: “So we will be running the next two elections on a defective voters’ roll? Whoa! This doesn’t sound good for the IEC.”

The above just confirms what op­position parties have been saying for years and that is that there are some strange things happening in our ­elections. We are supposed to have a free and fair election, but that appears to be ­impossible.

The CDP is concerned that if the decision is made to go ahead with this election in spite of a flawed and defective voter’s roll, the whole matter will be shelved and forgotten after the election.

The CDP suggests that the elections be postponed by Parliament and that the entire voter’s roll be scrapped

All we have to do is to have a drive like we did in 1994. We must all register again and give the IEC the responsibility to ensure everyone comes with proof of residence and ID book. This cannot possibly take four years.

Smaller parties have much more to lose than the larger parties, as the votes they receive make a difference between success and having a say or having their voices completely silenced.

Proportional government does not only mean the largest party wins and controls. It means that every vote counts and all citizens are heard. Not like we have at the moment, with the governing majority ruling and minority groups being disadvantaged.

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