Johannesburg - Black First Land First (BLF) has declared victory after the Gauteng High Court did not entirely rule on whether the party should be deregistered and barred from participating in next week's general elections.
The court ruled that the IEC had erred in not publishing BLF's full registration on the government gazette. This resulted in the commission dismissing FF+ application to object BLF's inclusion on the ballot.
"After reading the papers and considering arguments of the parties, the court makes the following findings; one, the Chief Electoral officer of the commission is obliged to publish his or her decision, in terms of section 16(5) of the electoral commission act 51 of 1996 as soon as reasonably practicable," Judge Boissie Henry Mbha said.
"The decision of the electoral commission to refuse condonation to the applicant (FF Plus) and consequent dismissal of the appeal is reviewed and set aside."
The FF+ had applied to the IEC seeking BLF's removal on the ballot for the May 8 elections saying their policy that they are strictly black party went against electoral code.