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Ramaphosa: ANC welcomes the IEC’s decision to reopen the registration for candidates

The president of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa has said the party welcomes the decision by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to reopen the registration of candidates to stand for the local government elections.

This after the IEC on Monday announced that following the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of its application to postpone the elections it has scheduled a voter registration weekend for 18 and 19 September 2021 which will be followed by the nomination of candidates by all political parties and independent candidates.

In his closing address of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) three day Lekgotla on Monday afternoon, Ramaphosa said the governing party agrees with the IEC that there is an inextricable link between the right to vote and to stand for public office.

The IEC earlier said: “In view of the fact that the voter registration process has been reopened by the order of the court, a number of amendments to the electoral timetable are necessary. This is permitted by the Constitutional Court’s order, which makes it clear that the commission is entitled to ‘publish such amendments to the current timetable as may be reasonably necessary’.

“This includes the need to set a new deadline for candidate nominations. The scheme of the Municipal Electoral Act is that the voter registration deadline is intended to precede the candidate nomination deadline. For example, persons can only be nominated as candidates once registered on the voters’ roll and provided they are registered in the relevant segment concerned.”

The IEC has rejected claims that reopening the nomination of candidates favours the governing party, saying it had sought legal advice on the matter.

The ANC had failed to register candidates to stand for the elections in a number of municipalities.

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