Non-partisan movement the New National Movement (NNM) and several others have approached the Western Cape High Court for an order declaring the Electoral Act unconstitutional and invalid, as it does not allow South Africans to both vote for and stand as independent candidates.
When the case began earlier this month, Judge Siraj Desai said political parties needed to be afforded an opportunity to choose to make representations.
He postponed the matter to yesterday and ordered advocate Alan Nelson, for the NNM, to approach political parties to determine whether they wanted to be included in the proceedings. By yesterday, no party had indicated that they wanted to participate.
The Presidency, the Electoral Commission of SA and the Speaker of the National Assembly are among five respondents in the matter.