The Independent Election Commission (IEC) will discuss and discuss with the Political Party Liaison Committee on Thursday. Judge Dikgang Moseneke’s report calling for postponement of national local elections..
The Political Party Liaison Committee is made up of registered political parties represented by the Parliament, the State Legislature, and the City Council.
Moseneke’s recommendations, which take into account scientific, expert and legal opinions, suggest that free and fair elections are not possible this year.
“Furthermore, we found that the upcoming elections are likely to be free and fair if they take place by February 2022.” Judge Moseneke says.
The report states that public rallies for elections could undermine the country’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Another concern is that political parties cannot campaign under strict blockade restrictions.
The IEC will be the final arbitrator for the planned October elections.
Terry Tselane, Executive Chairperson of the Institute for Election Management Services in Africa, describes the options available to the IEC if she chooses to implement the recommendations.
“”Parliament requires 75% of parliament and six states need to vote. “Constitutional amendment,” he says.
Tselane also showed a second option. He believes this is a better option.
“The Minister must approach the Constitutional Court, in this case the Constitutional Court. The IEC Minister must seek amendment from the Constitutional Court.”
Unpacking Moseneke’s report with Terry Zerene:
Surveys conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Council for Human Sciences show that two-thirds of the population supports the postponement of elections.
The IEC is expected to make decisions on this issue in the coming days.
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