ActionSA Files Final Affidavit At Electoral Court

“ActionSA would like it known, without qualification, that it is not obliged to unconditionally defend the IEC, most especially when it is the IEC’s own indefensible actions from which it needs to be defended.

ActionSA Files Final Affidavit At Electoral Court - SurgeZirc SA
ActionSA Leader, Herman Mashaba/Photo File: Twitter

The ActionSA says it has filed its final affidavit with the Electoral Court, SurgeZirc SA reports.

This was made known in a statement issued by the ActionSA National Chairperson Michael Beaumont who disclosed that the affidavit was filed on Friday.

“The IEC has changed the focus in its papers. While initially focusing on the registration of ActionSA, it now relies on Section 23 of the Municipal Electoral Act and the power it affords the commission to produce ballot papers. ActionSA has adjusted its notice of motion accordingly to challenge the legality of the commission’s exercise of its powers under section 23,” he said.

Recall that the ActionSA has been in a heated battle with the IEC and threatened a case in court over issues relating to the omission of the party’s name from the local government elections ballot paper.

The party has repeatedly alleged that the actions of the IEC were a deliberate attempt to frustrate the party’s chances in the forthcoming elections.

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It was gathered that six candidates from the party across sic different municipalities in the country had their ballot papers prepared without the name of the party.

As contained in the affidavit, the party says it wishes to address the assertions of the IEC that the mistakes in ballot papers could not be corrected.

SurgeZirc SA gathered that after experts’ consultation, Beaumont revealed that the use of alternate materials like stickers and rubber stamps can be used to correct the ballot.

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He however slammed the IEC for its unruly comments against ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba who was vehemently critical of the commission’s integrity.

He also hit back at the IEC for calling out party’s leader Herman Mashaba for questioning the commission as an institution and implying that Mashaba is in breach of the code of conduct by not “assuring voters of the commission’s impartiality.”

“ActionSA would like it known, without qualification, that it is not obliged to unconditionally defend the IEC, most especially when it is the IEC’s own indefensible actions from which it needs to be defended.

“The IEC is most welcome to charge Herman Mashaba, myself, or anyone from ActionSA if it wishes to compound the list of actions it has taken to the detriment of ActionSA and demonstrate its disregard of free speech,” Beaumont said.

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