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ConCourt likely to determine IEC information on voters roll again

By-elections were cancelled after the court said the voters roll in Tlokwe didn’t contain all the information.

FILE: The date of local government elections is due to be announced. Picture: @IECSouthAfrica

JOHANNESBURG - It now appears that questions about the information the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has to include on the voters roll will have to be answered again by the Constitutional Court before this year's local government elections.

Earlier this week, the commission cancelled by-elections around the country after the electoral court said the voters roll in Tlokwe did not contain all the correct information.

Yesterday, the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo confirmed that going back to the ConCourt was an option.

"That is not outside the considerations at the moment."

Meanwhile, the DA has said that if the commission doesn't go back to Constitution Hill, it will ask judges to consider whether the commission is actually able to administer elections properly.

The ANC has said it's also gravely worried about the implications of Tuesday's electoral court decision and is disquieted about the feasibility of that decision.

This means it appears likely there could be more legal argument on this issue, just as the date of those local government elections is due to be announced.

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