The African National Congress (ANC) is calling on opposition parties in the Tlokwe local municipality to focus on campaigning for Wednesday’s by-elections rather than turning to the courts.
The ANC’s plea comes in the wake of an urgent application by opposition parties to the Electoral Court to have the by-elections postponed because there are no addresses on the voters roll.
North West ANC Secretary Dakota Legoete says they are not threatened by the court case.
Opposition parties, however, believe they have a case that the Indepent Electoral Commission (IEC) has to answer to. They say the IEC and the ANC are allegedly colluding to win the municipality.
North West University political analyst, Andre Duvenage, believes the court outcome will have a serious bearing on the national elections, especially if the opposition wins its case.
Duvenage says if there is going to be a postponement, it will have a negative effect on the national Local Government Elections.
“They definitely have a strong case but they need to motivate that case. So if they can provide the necessary motivation, if it is true that there are 4000 people without proper addresses, I believe they have a strong case,” says Duvenage.
However, the IEC in the North West says election preparations are going ahead as no order has been made yet.
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