n IMFO : Official Journal of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers - Election decision

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1607-520X


- Constitutional: Top court decision on elections tomorrow The Constitutional Court will hand down a judgment tomorrow that will probably determine whether the local government elections can go ahead in August as planned. The court case over contested by-elections in Tlokwe revealed the possibility that the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) may have - for years - misinterpreted its duty under the Electoral Act to obtain and record the addresses of registered voters, notes a Business Day report. Subsequently the IEC told the Constitutional Court that if the duty in section 16(3) meant it had to obtain and record the addresses of all voters - whenever they were registered - the coming election would not be able to proceed. During the hearing, Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the 'bottom line' was that everyone arguing before the court had a duty to help find a way to ensure that elections could go ahead lawfully. He asked counsel whether,if the highest court accepted that it was impractical to require all voters to have addresses for the coming election,an interim remedy could not be crafted. In the same vein, the court could also make an order to ensure that 'come 2019, we have a common voters roll that complies with (section) 16(3), accepting that some people simply do not have addresses'

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