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IEC says it will respect the court order in the NFP case

The Independent Electoral Commission says it will respect the Electoral Court ruling in the National Freedom Party (NFP) case. The court, which is sitting in the High Court in Johannesburg, will hear an application by the NFP to reverse an IEC decision to disqualify the party from participating in the August 03 municipal elections.

The party was disqualified after it failed to pay a R490 000 deposit on June 2 for contesting the polls. The NFP only managed to pay the money 20 days after the closing date.

KwaZulu-Natal IEC head Mawethu Moser says, “It is difficult to foresee what the court outcome will be, but we will be presenting our arguments in the matter for the court’s consideration. We will obviously receive the outcome of the court and if there is are part of the order where we need to do new things in response of the court order, we will do so. At this point we are satisfied that we have applied the letter of the law and we did not favour any political party.”

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