Judgment reserved in Tlokwe by-elections case

2016-02-23 17:33

Johannesburg  The Electoral Court has reserved judgment until Tuesday night in an application by independent candidates to have the by-elections in Tlokwe postponed.

Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) spokesperson Kate Bapela confirmed this, but said it was not clear at what time judgment would be handed down.

The independent candidates want the Electoral Court to interpret a Constitutional Court ruling that set aside the results of previous by-elections.

The candidates have expressed concerns regarding the veracity of the voters roll.

The by-elections, scheduled for Wednesday, were being 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.

Last week, IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya said the commission had taken the necessary steps to verify people’s addresses to ensure a smooth election on the day.

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