UDM Rejects DA’s Call For Dissolution Of The National Assembly


Yesterday, we reported that the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party called for the dissolution of the national assembly and an early general election.

In a speech Mmusi Maimane delivered at a press conference in Parliament, he divulged that his party will lead an agitation for an early election.

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Reacting to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the national assembly, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) announced that it won’t support the move.

“UDM does not support the Democratic Alliance (DA) sponsored motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly,” the party said in a statement.

“The mandate of the current Government comes to an end in 2019, and we are working towards that end.”

Nonetheless, UDM proclaimed its respect for DA’s right to propose motions like any other political party represented in the national assembly.

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The party said it is more interested in the readiness to conduct the 2019 elections.

“Of immediate importance to the UDM, is the state of readiness of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

“The IEC reportedly needs R300 million, as well as access to municipalities’ databases to capture voters’ addresses before the Constitutional Court deadline of June next year.

“The IEC must move with speed to ensure that the voters’ roll is cleaned and that correct addresses of the electorate are factored in. We want to make sure that the 2019 Elections are credible, free and fair.

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Having said that, the party called on the government to ensure the IEC is provided with the money they need to comply with the ruling.