IEC approaches courtroom to postpone Witzenberg Municipality by-election

The Unbiased Electoral Fee (IEC) is predicted to search out out on Monday whether or not its pressing courtroom utility to postpone the by-election of Ward 9 within the Witzenberg Municipality within the Western Cape was profitable.

On Friday the IEC approached the Electoral Courtroom in a bid to postpone the by-election scheduled for November 21.

In response to the IEC’s assertion, the choice to postpone follows complaints acquired from political events contesting the by-election that they’d not acquired affordable entry to potential voters within the ward for campaigning functions.

“The complaints are associated to the granting of entry to registered voters residing on farms within the ward,” mentioned IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela.

“The electoral fee determined to method the courtroom for a postponement with a purpose to permit time to resolve the complaints and to make sure adequate alternative for all contestants to have affordable entry for functions of canvassing all voters resident on farms forward of the elections.”

Bapela added that the IEC filed a discover with the courtroom looking for condonation to exceed the authorized timeframe of 90 days wherein by-elections have to be held. The 90-day timeframe expires on December 7 2018.

Ward 9 comprises three 431 registered voters and the emptiness arose on account of the resignation of the councillor, Bapela mentioned.

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