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ANC withdraws Electoral Court application to await court judgement

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The ANC has confirmed that it will be withdrawing its application to the Electoral Court, requesting for the electoral time to be amended and the reopening of candidate registrations.

The African National Congress (ANC) issued a statement on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, in which it confirmed that it will be withdrawing its application to the Electoral Court. The party was initially requesting that the timetable be amended and the opportunity to register candidates in terms of Section 11(2)(a) of the Local Government Municipal Electoral Act be reopened.

The ANC explained that it had done so after some political parties failed to register all of their candidates for the local government elections. This was said to be as a result of some technical issues on the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) online registration system, and pressures placed on candidate selections by COVID-19 restrictions.

The ANC further stated that it had brought about the application to protect the rights of voters anticipating voting, therefore, confirmed that in view of the fact that the matter was before the Constitutional Court, it had decided to withdraw the application and to await the court’s judgement.

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