The ANC is facing a crucial week in which it might get a second chance to register its candidates for the local government elections.
Political parties are set to meet the IEC on Monday morning ahead of the commission’s deadline to announce whether it can hold a voter registration weekend.
The IEC held an urgent meeting over the weekend following the ConCourt ruling on Friday which gave it three days to decide whether it can hold a voter registration weekend.
Failing that the court ruled that voters will have until Friday, 10 September, to register at their local municipal officers before the voters’ roll would close again and the elections be proclaimed afresh, for a date between and including 27 October and 1 November.
Only first-time voters and those who haven’t previously registered or those voters who have moved wards are required to register for the elections.
There is still uncertainty as to whether the Constitutional Court ruling left room for the registration of party candidates to be reopened as the ANC failed to register all of its candidates in 94 municipalities and risk losing power in a vast number of these municipalities.
The ANC’s electoral chair and deputy secretary-general presented a report, at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting over the weekend, on the failure to register certain candidates, threatening that those responsible for the failure would face consequences,
It is understood that the ANC could place more emphasis on handing the lists of its candidate names in at the IEC headquarters in Centurion, physically rather then relying on the computer system again.
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