By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – The South African opposition party ActionSAleader, Herman Mashaba has questioned the IndependentElectoral Commission of South Africa (IEC)’s free and fair character after his party’s name was left out from the ballot list going into the upcoming local government elections.
This is after the IEC presented final draft ballot papers for wards in Gauteng during a sign-off seesion on Saturday, with the country set to go to the polls on 1 November.
“The ANC missed the deadline for candidate submission – the entire deadline was shifted by the IEC. ActionSA – The name of our party is excluded by the IEC from draft ballot papers – the IEC refuses to amend them,” ActionSA leader Mashaba twitted.
Mashaba’s party is threatening to take legal action against the IEC after the party’s name was left out from the ballot list ahead of the local government elections.
ActionSA announced that it has written to the IEC to provide answers on the omission.
“The implication of this is that ActionSA supporters will be limited only to a candidate name and a logo to identify the party on the ballot, while other parties will have the benefit of their name or popularized acronym appearing,” Mashaba said.
Mashaba said that they were informed that the issue will not be resolved even after they tried to raise this with the IEC.
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