Western Cape Govt Challenges Municipal Election Delay


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The DA-led Western Cape government is opposed to the postponement of the October 27th municipal elections. It has announced that alongside the DA, and AfriForum it will be challenging the Electoral Commission’s application in the Constitutional Court.

Premier Alan Winde argues that a postponement risk setting a dangerous precedent whereby suffrage, and related rights, can be deferred. He says under the Constitution, the matter must be brought before Parliament and not the judiciary.

The IEC approached the apex court after the Moseneke report found that the elections would not possibly be free and fair as the country continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted political activities. The slow vaccination process is also the other concern.

The report recommended that the IEC approach a court of competent jurisdiction to seek a just and equitable order for the deferral of the elections to a date not later than February next year. The ANC is in support of the delay.

The court is expected to hear the matter on Friday.

[Picture: IEC]

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May 16, 2022
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