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EFF believes ANC’s electoral court application argument is false and opportunistic

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The EFF is set to brief its lawyers to prepare the necessary papers to oppose the ANC’s application to the electoral court, seeking an extension of the candidate submission date.

The EFF issued a statement on Thursday, 26 August 2021, opposing the ANC’s plan to approach the electoral court to extend the due date for the councillor candidate submissions. The EFF has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to oppose the ANC’s application, in order to protect its integrity.

The EFF has called the possible move by the ANC opportunistic and unacceptable as the ruling party, as it knew of the elections date before all the other political parties. Despite this, it is now planning to approach the electoral court to accommodate what the EFF has referred to as its incompetence and inability to meet deadlines because of internal in-fighting and factionalism.

The EFF believes that the ANC’s argument of a delay caused by a faulty electronic system is false and disingenuous, as the IEC had an option available for manual submissions of candidates that could not be submitted electronically. The opposition party stated that it has called on all other political parties to oppose the ANC’s application to the electoral court, and announced that it would immediately brief its lawyers to start preparing the necessary papers to oppose the ANC’s plan.

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