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ANC warns IEC over local elections

The party says if elections go ahead without the proper info, the IEC will be in a catastrophic position.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma has announced that the polls will be held on 3 August. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has told the Constitutional Court that if the local government elections were to go ahead without the proper information, or not happen at all, this would leave the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), political parties and the public in a catastrophic position.

President Jacob Zuma has announced that the polls will be held on 3 August.

Both the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have lodged legal papers in the commission's appeal against an Electoral Court ruling that the addresses of voters have to be contained on the voters roll before the polls can take place.

In its papers the ANC says it's supporting the IEC's appeal to the Constitutional Court because it wants to promote and protect the right of all South Africans to vote.

It also says that if the Electoral Court's decision in the Tlokwe case is allowed to stand, the commission would be placed in an impossible position that would inevitably delay the elections and render them unfair.

Meanwhile in it's submission, the DA says the commission is capable of ensuring the voters roll does include the addresses of all voters, where those addresses are available.

It says that first voters roll of around 11 million people was developed in just four months 17 years ago.

The party also says it would be wrong to remove people from the voters roll, just because the commission doesn't have their addresses.

IEC HOPES FOR MORE NEW VOTERS

The IEC says it's hoping to attract more young people to take part in this year's local government elections.

CEO Mosotho Moepya says they are ready to hold the final registration weekend and has encouraged South Africans to come out in their numbers.

He says last month's registration drive saw over three million people registering to vote.

"We're hoping as many new voters as possible will join the existing 25.6 million registered voters to boost the voters' roll above its current level of about 75 percent of eligible voting population."