Calls have been made to the Independent Electoral Commission, asking the national body to stop the African National Congress (ANC) from contesting at the Tshwane metro poll.
According to the complaint lodged by the Agenda to Citizenry Governors on Friday, the chaos caused by the ruling party’s announcement of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate for the metro hindered other parties from carrying out their own campaign.
DA’s Shangy Mbekwa attested to the fact that the opposition party had been unable to campaign in Mamelodi, Ga-Rankuwa, Atteridgeville, Hammanskraal and Mabopane because of the ANC-incited violence which claimed many lives.
“The areas became no-go zones, which affected other parties’ freedom of movement to campaign. This is in breach of the electoral code of conduct that no party shall be prevented from campaigning. This was party-ignited violence.”
“We base our case on Schedule 1 of the Municipal Electoral Act, which states that no party may act in a way that provokes violence during elections.”
The SACP has already suspended five of its members who were allegedly involved in the violence.
The commission had received six complaints of breach of the electoral code of conduct since the declaration of the August 3 local government elections was made on May 23.
Meanwhile, an intelligence report presented to the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster of ministers by State Security Minister David Mahlobo stated that in the face of violence and protests, elections could be de-legitimized.
However, spokesperson for the commission, Kate Bapela said the IEC still had to look into the complaint, adding that if at all there had been a breach of the electoral code of conduct, “the competent authority for adjudication is the Electoral Court”.
On the other hand, ANC has continued preparations for the Tshwane Metro poll, while keeping mute over the matter with spokesman Teboho Joala saying the party would only comment when it had received a formal communication from the electoral commission.