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LGE 2016 will be free and fair: EISA

The Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA) says the Local Government Elections will be free and fair even if they are inconsistent with the law.

The elections will go ahead on the third of August despite the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) did not capture the voter’s addresses correctly on the voter’s roll.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has given the Electoral Commission 18 months to get its systems in order.

Previously the Electoral Court wanted that the IEC provide addresses of registered voters.

Speaking on AM Live, EISA, Programme Manager, Grant Masterson says South Africans accepted the outcome and conduct of the past the five elections, even when they were inconsistent with the law, so this one will not be any different.

“In all five elections the IEC was technically inconsistent with the rule of law, this law was changed in 2003, specified that all voters have details captured with specific ability to identify where they lived.”

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