Tlokwe independents & IEC back in ConCourt today

Independent candidates have taken the IEC to court over obtaining voters' addresses ahead of elections.

The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent candidates in Tlokwe will tell the Constitutional Court this morning that judges will be allowing the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to continue to break the law, if it says the IEC doesn't have to obtain the addresses of voters before this year's local government elections.

But the IEC will argue that it's had to ensure no South Africans lose the right to vote and that it's not possible to get all the addresses before 2020.

Earlier this year, the commission postponed all by-elections around the country after the Electoral Court ruled that polls in Tlokwe could not go ahead, as the commission did not have the information of people who were supposed to vote in specific wards.

The main argument by the independent candidates is that there's no point in ensuring the right to vote for millions of people if the elections they're voting in can be rigged, because it's not possible to tell if they're voting in the right ward.

They also say the commission is not telling the truth when it claims that it would take four years to get the addresses of all voters, as it was able to get the information from over a quarter of them in just one month.

The candidates add the fact that the IEC was able to send SMSes to five million people in just one weekend amounts to a concession that their argument is correct.

The IEC will argue that it's not able to use any of the solutions proposed by the candidates and that these elections must go ahead.