Irrespective of crisis witnessed in some areas in the country, SA Independent Electoral Commission (SA) says election must surely hold on August 3.
Lately, some provinces in the country took to the streets in protests – ranging from poor service delivery to objection to municipal demarcation.
However, South Africa’s electoral still sees the need to carry out local elections as earlier scheduled. Throwing more light on the decision, Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) Vice Chairperson Terry Tselane said:
“We have got to proceed with the understanding that elections are going to take place in Vuwani and other parts of the country.
“I’m sure there is no appetite from anybody to change the Constitution for this purpose. That’s why the election has got to happen.”
Independent Electoral Commission Determined To Hold Election
Tselane made this known to Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs on Tuesday. The IEC VP added that the IEC was working around the clock to capture missing addresses of some people on the voters’ roll.
This move was necessitated after the Constitutional Court reserved judgment in the IEC’s urgent application for leave to appeal an Electoral Court ruling that it provide the addresses of people registered on the voters’ roll.
Following the crisis that erupted in Vuwani, Limpopo, close to 50 schools were vandalized while others were burnt down, leaving hundreds of people out of school.
Also, on April 29, the Masia Traditional Council lost a court application to nullify the Municipal Demarcation Board’s decision to merge the under performing Vuwani municipality with parts of the Malamulele municipality in the Vhembe district.
Following the amalgamation, IEC has been working hard to capture addresses of Vuwani’s residents. However the case is different in Malamulele – as registration had taken place in the area and their names are on voters’ roll.
Tsalane however stressed that the IEC afford another weekend voter registration drive because it could not afford the R22m it would cost.
During the meeting with home affairs committee, it was found that the commission still did not have addresses for up to 46% of the more than 26 million (26 299 952) people registered.
But chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya replied “We potentially have about 54% of voters with some addresses, which to us seems fine.”
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Meanwhile, the commission has advised South Africans who are yet to register to do so at their local IEC office.
In another development, former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula has been recommended as the chairperson of the newly-formed information regulator.
Tlakula, who resigned from the IEC in 2014 following allegations of compromised integrity, was interviewed for the position last week.