IEC, ANC & DA consult legal teams over Tlokwe by-election

The ANC said it’s seeking legal advice on this issue to make sure it can protect the right for people to vote.

The battle for control over the Tlokwe Municipality got heated on Wednesday as residents went to the polls in by-elections held in three wards. The ANC emerged as the overall winner over thier independent opponents. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are all now consulting lawyers about whether they need to go to the Constitutional Court again, to get certainty about the information that has to be noted in the voters roll.

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

The ANC said it's seeking legal advice on this issue to make sure it can protect the right of people to vote.

While the DA said that if the IEC doesn't go to court to get proper clarification on this issue, it will ask judges if the commission is actually able to hold local government elections this year.

At the same time, deputy chief electoral officer for operations Sy Mamabolo said they were surprised by the electoral court's ruling.

"Their view is that whoever has an address, irrespective of whether we've it or not we must go find it and place it on the voters roll."

He said they urgently need clarification on this issue.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said, "It's still under discussion by our legal team, to look at the implications of that. There are sometimes no formal addresses in informal settlements."

Lawyer for the independent candidates Hans-Jurie Moolman said they've suggested using different means of establishing the addresses.

"If you prepare well in advance, it's easy to get a map of all the properties and then assist the vulnerable voters that don't have an address."