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Why the IEC isn't off the hook after the ConCourt's voters' roll ruling

The Constitutional Court ruled that the 2016 municipal elections go ahead despite incomplete address information on the voters' roll.

This comes after independent candidates in Tlokwe argued that insufficient voter information challenged the credibility of local government elections and amounted to electoral fraud.

Public law expert Cathy Powell explains that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will have to comply will several court orders stipulated in the judgment.

The IEC has been given 18 months to resolve issues regarding voter information, in preparation for the 2019 general election.

They have to ensure that people actually live in the voting districts in which they vote.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at UCT

According to Powell, the ConCourt has made a supervisory order that the IEC provide a monthly report on its progress.

In addition, the voters' roll in the Tlokwe district must be rectified before the municipal elections in August.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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