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IFP expresses concern at reports of elections violence

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The IFP has issued a statement on its state of preparedness and readiness for the local government elections, and highlighted the questions pertaining to reports of violence.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) issued a statement on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, on its state of preparedness and readiness for the upcoming local government elections. The IFP stated that it is election ready.

Noting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the party confirmed that it will be fielding a total of 2 570 candidates, of which 1 376 are ward candidates and 1 192 are proportional representative candidates. The IFP further confirmed that it will be contesting in 105 municipalities nationwide, and will not, however, be fielding any independent candidates.

In its statement, it also conveyed several issues of importance, including that it respectfully disagrees with the recent Constitutional Court judgement regarding the re-opening of the candidate nomination process, and raised the question of election-related violence. The IFP reported that it is looking forward to its manifesto launch.

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When is the IFP officially launching its election manifesto?

The IFP confirmed that it is looking forward to launching its manifesto on Thursday, 30 September 2021, stating that it is people-orientated and solutions-driven, as well as a product of extensive consultation with communities and party structures across the country.

What are the incidents of election violence observed by the IFP?

The IFP noted that there have been media reports of scuffles between supporters of various parties and called for calm, and for all South Africans to respect the political views of fellow citizens and their choice of party.

How does the IFP feel about the Constitutional Court judgement?

The IFP feels that the judgement is regrettable, but that it will abide by the court’s decision. It believes the court’s view was that the extended cut-off date was consistent with the legislative scheme that would enhance freeness and fairness.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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