Malema: Election fees exclude the poor

Malema says the fees new parties have to pay to contest elections are designed to exclude the poor.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the fees political parties have to pay the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to contest the elections are designed to exclude poor people.

The EFF will continue with its application at the High Court in Pretoria today.

It wants the IEC to reduce a compulsory deposit of R600,000 which parties must pay before submitting candidates for the national election.

President Jacob Zuma and Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor are also included in the application.

An EFF member says, "These are political principals who oversee the readiness of the IEC and ensure that the IEC runs smoothly and conducts free and fair elections. Legally, they are politically responsible and we had to include them in our application."