When they thought all hope is lost, the National Freedom Party has been given a chance to contest at one municipality in the August 3 polls.
After dismissing the party’s bid to be included in the ballot paper, the IEC has decided that it can contest in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
“NFP will contest the elections in eNquthu Municipality. They do have about 17 candidates that will be part of the general election on the August 3‚”the IEC told eNCA.
The NFP was initially penalised for not meeting up with the deadline for payment and submission of all the required documents for the election.
However, it has been found that the party did submit all the required documents for the eNquthu municipality on time. This qualifies the party to contest the elections for the municipality at the August 3 polls.
The Electoral Court dismissed the bid made by the NFP earlier this week to be included on the ballot paper after missing the Electoral Commission of SA’s payment deadline.
The National Freedom party approached the Electoral Court last week explaining how treasurer Xolani Ndlovu‚ in what the party called an “administrative error”‚ misinterpreted the deadline provided by the IEC to pay the R90‚000 deposit to qualify for the polls.
Refusing to back down, the NFP is challenging the decision of the court in the Constitutional Court.
The NFP which was formed from the Inkatha Freedom Party may never recover from this set back. And to worsen the matter is the fact that their house is not in order with members resigning or being suspended.
This last weekend saw two senior party members- secretary-general Nhlanhla Khubisa and national chairman Maliyakhe Shelembe‚ resign from the party.
The NFP is the SA’s fifth-biggest political party with a leader who has been missing in action for over a year as a result of ill-health.