IEC to take Tlokwe election postponement to ConCourt

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is prepared to go back to the Constitutional Court to contest the High Court ruling that led to the postponement of the Tlokwe by-election.

In Parliament, Governance and Administrative cluster ministers raised similar concerns, and Ministers conceded that the IEC had limited time to meet Tuesday’s court order. The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen has admitted that these challenges will have an impact on local government elections and will have negative financial implications.

On Tuesday, the electoral court ruled that the by-elections in Tlokwe should be moved to a later date after the Democratic Alliance (DA) and independent candidates took the matter to the electoral court.

They say the provincial IEC failed to adhere to the Constitutional Court ruling that compelled the Electoral Commission in the province to fix its voter’s roll.

Now the Commission says this matter will be taken to the Constitutional Court.

There is now also a call for the disbandment of the entire provincial IEC structure.

The IEC in the province was not available for comment.

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– By Tumaole Mohlaoli


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