The ruling handed down by South Africa’s apex court yesterday which obligates the IEC to objectively record voter’s addresses, is a victory for the democratic electoral process in South Africa. It provides the IEC with 18 months within which to comply with its statutory obligations in terms of section 16(3) of the Electoral Act.
IFP MPL, Lourens De Klerk, said, “Yesterday’s Constitutional Court ruling was victory for democracy and a victory for the people of South Africa. The IFP had engaged itself, and was party to this matter, as we had been on the receiving end of voting irregularities in the past. We accordingly instructed senior legal counsel and appeared before the Constitutional Court advancing possible alternatives to resolve this crisis, whilst still continuing with the upcoming local government elections scheduled for 3rd August, 2016. I believe our submissions had a very positive impact in the process and assisted the court in coming to its well-considered ruling in this matter.”
The Inkatha Freedom Party will continue to keep a most vigilant eye on the electoral process and challenge any aspect of its non-compliance with the law. We do this in the interests of democracy, free and fair universal suffrage, and in the interests of the people of South Africa.
Mr Lourens De Klerk, MPL
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IFP Media, Parliament