IEC credibility intact, ministers insist

2016-02-25 14:30
Malusi Gigaba (Foto24)

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Cape Town – The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) remained a credible body that was merely facing administrative issues, Cabinet said on Thursday.

It had run elections effectively and would continue to do so, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba told reporters at Parliament.

The Electoral Court ruled on Tuesday that by-elections scheduled for Tlokwe the next day had to be postponed for six weeks. The IEC postponed those elections and several others due to have been held in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, and the Western Cape. 

Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that by-elections in the embattled municipality were not free and fair, and had to be re-run.

Gigaba said the postponement of the by-elections would allow the IEC to pay attention to fulfilling the court order, putting it in a better position to deal with the local government elections. The matter involved the verification of addresses of people who had registered to vote.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen said the Electoral Court’s decision to postpone the elections did not mean the country would fail to comply with the electoral code.

It would just put more pressure on the department to do things in an unusual manner, he said.

Local government elections would happen within allocated time, he said.

President Jacob Zuma said earlier this month that they would be held within three months of May 18, the date of the last election.

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