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IFP urges IEC to urgently approach courts on local government elections postponement

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The IFP has called on the IEC to approach the court on an urgent basis, in order to determine if postponing the upcoming local government elections is feasible.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) issued a statement calling on the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to make haste in approaching the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, 4 August 2021. This was after the announcement by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to proclaim the date of the upcoming local government elections.

The IFP stated that Dlamini-Zuma made it clear that her department would follow the recommendations of the recently released Moseneke Report, but noted that she is now obliged to proclaim the 2021 local government elections date of Wednesday, 27 October 2021, in the absence of a court order as she needs to fulfil her constitutional and statutory obligations as related to the local government elections. The IFP also noted that once the date has been proclaimed, the IEC needs to approach the court for a court order to delay the 2021 local government elections.

The IFP further stated that it is calling on and urging the IEC to approach the requisite court immediately, on an urgent basis, in order to secure the necessary court order and the subsequent postponement of the local government elections. The IFP stated that it is confident that the court now has the necessary information to make an informed decision on the upcoming elections.

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