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ANC to consult lawyers over by-election postponement

The party believes the IEC decision may lead to informal settlers being denied their right to vote.

People voting on 7 May 2014. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.
African National Congress ANC,Tlokwe Municipality,Tlokwe by elections
Local Elections

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) says it will consult with its legal team about whether to contest an Electoral Court ruling that prompted the postponement of yesterday's by-elections in four provinces.

The party believes the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) decision may lead to people living in informal settlements being denied their right to vote.

The by-elections were postponed after the Electoral Court found that the IEC is obliged to provide the residential addresses of all people on the voters' roll.

This follows an application to the court by independent candidates in the Tlokwe community in the North West.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza says, “It’s still under discussion by our legal team, to look at the implications of that. There are sometimes no formal addresses in informal settlements.” 

Lawyer for the independent candidates Hans-Jurie Moolman says they've suggested using different means of establishing the addresses.

“If you prepare well in advance, it’s easy to get a map of all the properties and then assist the vulnerable voters that don’t have an address.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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