IEC postpones by-elections at last minute

2016-02-24 07:39


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Johannesburg – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) at the last minute postponed by-elections due to take place on Wednesday in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West and the Western Cape.

In a statement released at around midnight on Tuesday, the IEC said the electoral court on Tuesday ordered the postponement of elections in six wards that were originally scheduled to take place in Tlokwe in North West.

“While the orders only related to the six wards in Tlokwe listed in the court application, the Electoral Commission considered a postponement in the interest of free and fair elections noting that all by-elections share similar circumstances as those ordered for a postponement by the court.”

On Tuesday, seven independent candidates competing in Tlokwe complained in court, saying the commission was not complying with a Constitutional Court ruling to explain how the addresses of voters must be placed on the voters roll.

The Electoral Commission said it would communicate any further decisions to all stakeholders regarding these by-elections in due course.

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