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Concourt allows 2016 municipal elections to go ahead despite patchy voters' roll

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the 2016 municipal elections will run as planned in August, without full address information on the voters' roll being complete.

This comes after independent candidates in Tlokwe argued that this year's local government elections would not be credible without registering all addresses on the voters' roll.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has given the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) 18 months to resolve issues regarding voter information.

Come 2019, the National Common Voters' Roll will have to be free of defects for the purpose of the national and provincial elections.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

EWN's Alex Eliseev reports that the court had questioned the IEC's conduct with regard to the capturing of the voters' roll.

Chief Justice Mogoeng believes that this was an unprecedented case which required an exceptional remedy, says Eliseev.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Meanwhile, IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela says it is important that the elections go on as planned.

Bapela insists that the municipal elections in August will be free and fair.

She says that the commission will provide a detailed response to the ruling, once it has read through the full judgment.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Attorney for the independent candidates, Hans-Jurie Moolman says that the ruling was the most appropriate response from the courts.

Moolman believes that the case has shed light on the importance of electoral equality between political parties and independents.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Visit the EWN website for updates on the various court orders stipulated in the ConCourt ruling.


This article first appeared on 702 : Concourt allows 2016 municipal elections to go ahead despite patchy voters' roll


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