NFP accepts electoral court dismissal of its bid

The party says although it was not its fault that it failed to meet the deadline, it respects the rule of law.

NFP supporters are pictured outside the South Gauteng High Court on 29 July 2016. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Freedom Party (NFP) says it accepts the electoral court's dismissal of its bid to take part in next week's local government elections.

The party says although it was not its fault that it failed to meet the 2 June deadline to pay a deposit, it respects the rule of law and the court's decision.

It had argued that its treasurer Xolani Ndlovu had deliberately missed the deadline to sabotage the party in favour of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the NFP's bid to take part in the local government elections has been dismissed for the second time.

The party approached the court claiming it had new evidence to support its bid to have the IEC bend its electoral timetable.

Lawyers representing the IEC told the court that doing so would be unconstitutional.

They also said there would not be enough time to re-print ballot papers to include the NFP before next week Wednesday

The NFP's Bheki Gumbi said, "We're not convinced but we respect the rule of law. The NFP is a party which strongly exist on the ground, all we can do is to go back and consult and discuss the way forward."

The party will now only be allowed to contest the Nquthu Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

The IEC's Kate Bapela told Eyewitness News , "The NFP application was dismissed at the Electoral Court."