Independent Tlokwe candidates: We were right all along

Independent candidates in Tlokwe have taken the IEC to court over issues with the voters’ roll.

FILE: IEC voting station signage. Picture: Ian Bredenkamp/iWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The independent candidates in Tlokwe, who have taken the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to court over problems with the voters' roll, say the fact the IEC was able to SMS over five million voters is a concession that they've been right all along.

Next week the Constitutional Court will hear the IEC's appeal against an Electoral Court ruling, that people cannot vote unless their addresses have been registered with the commission.

But the commission has said it would be impossible to properly register everyone in time and it has a duty to ensure everyone is allowed to vote.

In their legal papers before the Constitutional Court, the independent candidates say that the IEC first claimed it would take four years to get all the addresses of everyone who's allowed to vote.

But they say the IEC was then miraculously able to SMS five million of the voters it claimed it did not have addresses for.

They say this shows the IEC is actually conceding the case.

They also say that a mechanism already exists under the law that would allow everyone to vote even without an address, but that the commission is closing its eyes to that suggestion and is just claiming it's impossible.