Malema concerned about electoral laws

The EFF leader says he plans to meet with the IEC to discuss current electoral laws.

The EFF leader says he plans to meet with the IEC to discuss current electoral laws. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will approach the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) over the next seven days to raise concerns about current electoral laws.

The EFF plans to contest this year's polls and says it is confident of a victory.

The party says it already has more than 400,000 members and continues to rely on the public for its funding.

Malema says the current IEC law, which compels political parties to pay when registering, is unfair.

"The compulsory R45,000 per political party per province and R200,000 per political party nationally excludes parties that do not have money, yet have a massive following of people."

Malema also accused the IEC of favouring the ANC.

"The IEC funding model, which funds political parties in Parliament only, gives them per number of seats they occupy. This is unfair. In essence the IEC is funding political parties to retain the same number of seats."

Malema is not the only person to call for electoral reform.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has also been raising concerns about electoral laws.

More than 100 political parties will contest the upcoming general elections.