Johannesburg - The Electoral Commission (IEC) came under attack in the Electoral Court in Johannesburg for its failure to publish the names of all political parties contesting the upcoming national elections on the government gazette.
This was the unanimous ruling of the full bench of the Electoral Court following an appeal application of Freedom Front Plus (FF+) on the IEC decision not to grant them condonation on their application to have the Black First Land First (BLF) to be removed from the list of parties contesting elections.
The FF+ application in the Electoral Court focused on the IEC’s decision not to grant them condonation after they argued that the electoral body made a mistake not to publish all the names of the political parties contesting elections. The FF+ through their counsel Adv Neil Snellenberg SC argued that, if they had adhered to section 15 and 16 of the Electoral Code, it would have allowed aggrieved parties to lodge a complaint against any party which did not meet the requirements to contest the elections.
The IEC, however, during their oral argument objected to the FF+ application.
IEC legal counsel Adv Vincent Maleka argued that the BLF made an application to the IEC to register as a political party on May 20, 2016. The IEC then published the application for its registration as a political party on May 27.