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National Freedom Party case dismissed

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has dismissed a bid by the National Freedom Party (NFP) to contest Wednesday’s municipal election.

The NFP filed an application to contest the poll after it was disqualified for failing to pay its deposit. Lawyers representing the NFP have blamed the party’s treasurer for the mishap, saying Xolani Ndlovu tried to sabotage the party in favour of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

The IEC says if it amends its timetable to accommodate the NFP, there will be no elections, which will go against the Constitution

The party failed to meet the IEC payment deadline to register and embarrassingly, a cheque they issued subsequently bounced.

The NFP had asked the court to order the IEC to review its decision. The NFP also attempted to convince the court, to allow it to contest in KwaZulu-Natal only.

The party’s majority is from that province. The IEC argued this would be unconstitutional and would require an amendment to the Electoral Code – something that would be impossible to accomplish before the poll.

The application was supported by all major parties excluding the IFP, which was in court to oppose the NFP.

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