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Tlokwe candidates argue IEC is not administering elections properly

The by-elections are being run again after earlier results were nullified by the Constitutional Court.

Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Seven independent candidates contesting tomorrow's municipal by-elections in Tlokwe, around Potchefstroom, have gone to court this afternoon arguing that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is not administering the elections properly.

The by-elections are being run again after earlier results were nullified by the Constitutional Court following claims that the voters roll was wrong, people were voting in the wrong districts and the wrong wards.

Now the independent candidates say the voters roll they've been given for tomorrow's polls are also inaccurate.

The candidates leader, David Kham, said, "We saw the IEC and the ANC not intending to comply with those laws so we had to come back here and say to the right bodies: this is the matter now before you."

Later on, the electoral court ruled that by-elections scheduled for tomorrow in Tlokwe must be postponed by six weeks.

The lawyer representing the candidates, Hans-Jurie Moolman, said, "This simply means they will have to rectify those problems; verify and establish whether those 4,000 voters on the voters' roll have addresses or not. If they have addresses, they should be made part of the voters' roll."