Shosholoza

IEC FORGES AHEAD WITH PREPARATIONS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it will not stop preparations for this year’s municipal elections, even as it awaits a Constitutional Court ruling expected on Tuesday.

Calls have been made by the Shosholoza Progressive Party for the commission to stop official election procedures, until the court rules on the adequacy of the voters’ registry.

But the IEC says it has a duty to see the elections held within a timeframe stipulated in the Constitution.

The IEC’s Granville Abrahams says preparations for the elections will continue in line with the commission’s constitutional obligation.

“We are focused on 3 August elections and all our preparations are targeted towards that day.”

But Raynauld Russon of the Shosholoza Progressive Party says the IEC can’t continue with preparations because its voters roll is inadequate.

“It therefore, baffles the mind as to why the IEC would go to certify the same voters roll [that is inadequate].”

However, both parties will know on Tuesday whether or this year’s elections will take place on 3 August.