NFP officially disqualified from contesting local govt elections
Today the IEC will begin printing around seven million ballot papers for the 3 August elections.
JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that the National Freedom Party (NFP) is officially disqualified from contesting the 2016 local government elections.
This comes after the party failed to pay its deposit on time.
The NFP took the matter to the electoral court to contest its disqualification, but was unsuccessful.
The NFP says its senior leadership will be meeting today to discuss their next move, adding they could approach the Constitutional Court.
NFP spokesperson Canaan Mdletshe confirmed the meeting saying, "We really want to contest these elections because we've prepared well and conducted extensive campaigning."
The party also suffered another blow after two senior officials resigned at the weekend following backlash from supporters who questioned the failure to pay the deposit.
Today the electoral will begin printing around seven million ballot papers, to be disseminated across the nine provinces on 3 August.
The IEC's Kate Bapela says the National Freedom Party will not be on the ballot papers.
Bapela adds the electoral court dismissed the matter of the NFP. As a result, we have to proceed with the printing of the ballot papers to avoid any delays on the part of the IEC.