ActionSA, IEC Electoral Hearing Begins

“The prejudice to ActionSA is that it will not be participating on a level playing field. ActionSA was only registered on the 7th of December 2020, it does not have brand recognition it also impedes the right of voters, therefore, to exercise their choice when voting.

ActionSA, IEC Electoral Hearing Begins - SurgeZirc SA
A Court Gavel/Photo File: SurgeZirc SA

The ActionSA application against the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) over the omission of the party’s name from the local government elections ballot paper has commenced hearing today at the Electoral Court, SurgeZirc SA reports.

Recall that SurgeZirc SA previously reported that no fewer than six candidates from the party across different municipalities in the country had their ballot papers prepared without the name of the party.

The ActionSA to that effect filed an application to challenge the decision of the IEC at the electoral court in which a final affidavit was tendered at the electoral court recently.

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Reacting to the development the party’ss advocate, Adila Hassim says that the name of a party on the ballot paper is recognized as an important identifier for any party at the local government polls.

“The IEC has not put the name of ActionSA on the ward ballots as it did not register an abbreviated name when it registered with the IEC last year,” Hassim said.

Hassim however, noted that the IEC’s decision does not speak well of the commission’s capabilities to hold a free and fair election.

“The prejudice to ActionSA is that it will not be participating on a level playing field. ActionSA was only registered on the 7th of December 2020, it does not have brand recognition it also impedes the right of voters, therefore, to exercise their choice when voting.

“This is because voters will not be able to discern where and whether ActionSA is located on the paper where it’s only its logo is used it must be borne in mind it is a new political party and it could be perceived by some voters of the absence of ActionSA altogether on the ballot,” Hassim said.

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