Electoral candidate registration timetable must be amended, says expert

Recently, the ANC revealed that it was unable to contest about 100 municipalities due to a myriad of challenges.

FILE: A Langa resident gets her thumb marked before casting her vote on 8 May 2019. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Electoral expert Terry Tselane said on Friday that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) would have to amend its timetable to reopen candidate registrations for the local government elections.

READ: ConCourt dismisses IEC's application to postpone local govt elections

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the IEC must hold elections between 27 October and 1 November this year, dismissing the commission’s application to postpone to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the ANC having failed to register candidates in 93 municipalities, the judgment has shattered its hopes of having another opportunity to register some of its candidates.

Tselane, executive chairperson of the Institute of Election Management Services in Africa, said the order that there should be a voter registration weekend meant that the reopening of political parties to register candidates would also be factored in.

The ruling comes after the IEC applied to have elections pushed to February next year after an independent review panel found that if held under current COVID-19 conditions the outcomes of the polls would not be free and fair.

Meanwhile, IEC head Sy Mamabolo said the implications meant the Commission would be required to ensure it was prepared for an election to be held within the instructed period.

The IEC’s Kate Bapela said a meeting with the National Party Liaison Committee would be convened on an urgent basis, adding the Commission would make announcements relating to the electoral programme on Monday.

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