Tlokwe by-elections postponed for 6 weeks

2016-02-23 18:03


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Johannesburg - The Electoral Court has ruled that the re-run of the Tlokwe by-elections, which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, be postponed for six weeks.

"The certification of the voters' roll which is the subject of this case is set aside," the court said in its order handed down on Tuesday evening.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also ordered to provide all candidates contesting the by-election with a copy or a segment of the voters' roll and the addresses of all registered voters, where addresses were available.

Independent candidates, who were contesting the by-election, approached the court on Tuesday requesting that it postpone the election due to issues with the voters roll.

The candidates have expressed concerns regarding the veracity of it.

The by-elections, which were scheduled for Wednesday, were meant to be 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.

The Electoral Court judgment on Tuesday only mentioned six of the seven wards. 

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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