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ConCourt to rule on IEC voter address

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The Constitutional Court is expected to announce its ruling on the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) voter address matter on Tuesday.

The IEC filed an application with the Constitutional Court in April, asking it to set aside an Electoral Court ruling which it said could see millions of people disqualified from voting.

On November 30 last year the Constitutional Court ruled that the 2013 Tlokwe by-elections were not free and fair. The court ruled that all new voters who registered had to have address details, or sufficient details of where they lived, to place them in a voting district.

The by-elections were scheduled to be re-run in February this year. The Electoral Court, however, halted them at the last minute after six independent candidates complained that more than 4 198 addresses were missing from the new voters’ roll. Subsequently several other by-elections around the country were postponed.

 The IEC was arguing that, should the Electoral Court judgment stand, the August 3 local government elections would not be able to go ahead. This was because it could not provide addresses for 7.9 million voters who were registered but whose addresses were not on the IEC’s system.
[Source: News24]

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