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FF Plus unhappy with DA's election ads

FF Plus has laid a complaint with the IEC against the DA’s text message and radio advert.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane interacts with supporters at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg for the party's official manifesto launch for the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Efforts by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to persuade South Africans to vote for the party, rather than smaller opposition parties has ruffled the feathers of the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus), which has laid a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

With the battle for big metros such as Johannesburg and Tshwane likely to come down to the wire, the official opposition is going all out to secure as many votes as possible as it tries to unseat the African National Congress (ANC) in these metros.

But the FF Plus claims the DA's text message and radio adverts are in breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

The DA has been urging voters not to waste their ballots on smaller parties, saying it will split the opposition vote.

FF Plus leader Dr Pieter Mulder went so far as to accuse the DA of lying.

"That's a lie, that's technically a lie, because the system doesn't work that way."

The FF Plus maintains that no vote will be wasted because even if a candidate doesn't win a ward, their votes will be added to a party's proportional representational tally.

But the DA's James Selfe says with 203 parties contesting the 3 August elections, many will get no representation at all.

"The proliferation of one-person parties, of small parties, does as a matter of fact allow the ANC a greater opportunity to continue to govern in more places after the municipal elections."

Selfe says that in the 2011 local government polls, a couple of hundred votes for a small community organisation gave the ANC control of the Kouga Municipality.

He says there is nothing illegal about the DA's text message.