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'Stats SA could assist IEC in obtaining voters' addresses'

The Chief Justice says if Stats SA is willing to assist, it may happen in a shorter period of time.

FILE: The Constitutional Court is hearing an urgent application today for leave to appeal concerning the obligation of the IEC to have all the addresses of registered voters. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has suggested that perhaps Stats SA should assist the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with recording voters' addresses ahead of the local government election.

The Constitutional Court is hearing an urgent application today for leave to appeal concerning the obligation of the IEC to have all the addresses of registered voters.

Independent candidates in Tlokwe argue that judges will be allowing the IEC to continue to break the law if they say the electoral body doesn't have to obtain the addresses of voters before this year's local government elections.

Wim Trengove, who is representing the IEC, says it will take some time to verify the addresses of voters but maintains the voters roll is not flawed.

Chief Justice Mogoeng says if Stats SA is willing to assist, it may happen in a shorter period of time.

"If Stats SA is able to do this within months, and is available and willing to assist the IEC, why does the IEC need four years to accomplish the same task?"

Trengove says there's a correlation between time and money, and in order for it to happen quicker, it will be more expensive.

He also says his clients are critical of Stats SA's assessment in terms of obtaining addresses.