IN-DEPTH | 'ActionSA may have missed a beat' - experts on party's legal action against the IEC

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Herman Mashaba
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Political party ActionSA - headed by Herman Mashaba - is heading to the Electoral Court to review the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) decision to exclude its name from the ballot paper for the 2021 municipal elections.

After ActionSA raised concern on Monday, the IEC issued a statement to explain that "the absence of the abbreviated name of ActionSA on the ward ballot is because, at the point of registering as a party, ActionSA elected not to register an abbreviated name or acronym".

However, in court papers, ActionSA maintains: "The Electoral Act does not require a party to have an abbreviated name and the commission bases its decision on the fact that ActionSA did not register an abbreviated name, even though the Act does not require a party to have an abbreviated name."

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