Concerns over implications of by-election delay

2016-02-24 18:07
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Johannesburg - Parliament's home affairs committee on Wednesday expressed concern about how the Electoral Court's order postponing the Tlokwe by-elections would affect planning for the local government elections.

Committee chairperson Lemias Mashile said it was troubling that the order seemed to be a "divergence" from the Constitutional Court order handed down last year.

The Constitutional Court ordered that the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) had to get "sufficient particularity of the voter's address" to ensure the person registering to vote was a resident in the voting district.

"The committee is thus convinced that the IEC in preparing for the by-elections complied with the Constitutional Court order," said Mashile.

"The committee encourages the IEC to take steps to attend to the Electoral Court order, and ensure that the 2016 local government elections are not negatively affected."

The Electoral Court sitting in Johannesburg on Tuesday ordered that six by-elections to be held in Tlokwe be postponed for six weeks.

This was after independent candidates accused the IEC of not complying with the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

The by-elections, scheduled for Wednesday, were meant to have been held following last year’s Constitutional Court judgment that set aside the previous by-elections which took place on September 12, 2013 in Ward 18, and on December 10, 2013 in Wards one, four, 11, 12, 13 and 20.

The court ordered that they be re-run.

Following the Electoral Court's decision, the IEC postponed all by-elections meant to have taken place in other provinces on Wednesday.

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