The ANC has confirmed that it has withdrawn its application to force the IEC to reopen the registration of its candidates pending the outcome of the Constitutional Court.
The ANC filed papers in the electoral court yesterday, in an attempt to force the IEC to shift the deadline to register candidates after the ANC could not register its candidates in 35 municipalities however, hours later they withdrew the application.
ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, confirmed that they withdrew their application pending the conclusion of the Constitutional Court application. This follows after the IEC went to the Constitutional Court to ask that it postpone the elections from 27 October to February 2022.
Mabe said that the party had gone to the electoral court to protect the thousands of people who would not be able to vote.
“We brought this application to protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of citizens who will be deprived of the right to vote for a candidate of their choice as a result of the inability of the party of their choice to register its candidates. As a majority in government at national, provincial and local level, and a leader of society, the ANC has a broader responsibility to protect, strengthen and deepen our system of multiparty democracy, a system which constitutes one of the foundational provisions of our Constitution. Accordingly, in view of the fact that the matter is before the Constitutional Court, the ANC has decided to withdraw its application and to await the judgment of the court,” Mabe said.
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