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IEC may return to ConCourt over voter registration

On Tuesday night the commission cancelled planned by-elections around the country.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) logo. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission has hinted it may be planning to go back to the Constitutional Court, for a final interpretation on how it has to register voters, in a bid to keep this year’s local government elections on track.

On Tuesday night, the commission postponed planned by-elections around the country, after the Electoral Court said problems in Tlokwe around voter information meant polls there could not go ahead.

The commission says that all of the planned by-elections, in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West and the Western Cape, would have suffered the same problem - just months before local polls are supposed to be held around the country.

The Deputy Chief Electoral Officer for operations, Sy Mamabolo, says they now need clarity, after the electoral court’s interpretation of a ruling handed down last year by the Constitutional Court.

“It is important that we get some kind of clarity from the Constitutional Court, because there is a profound difference of interpretation.”

But he says they will not allow this year's planned local government elections to be derailed.

“We would not create a situation where the terms of the Constitution are not upheld.”

Last year the constitutional court said the IEC had to take down a sufficient particularity of a voters address, but also said the commission didn't have to prove that person lived where they said they lived.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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