JOHANNESBURG | ActionSA President, Herman Mashaba to brief the public on court application against the Independent Electoral Commission following the refusal to put ActionSA on the ballot paper.
The media briefing will take place on Wednesday, the 6th October 2021
The legal action against the Independent Electoral Commission comes after the IEC refused to put ActionSA’s name on the ballot paper.
The IEC argues that the political parties should put in the abbreviations of the party. The IEC has an 8 character limit on abbreviated party names, where ad ActionSA has eight character limit. The IEC has put the party logo without the name.
According to Action SA, they will brief the public and media about the case against the Independent Electoral Commission’s failure to address the concerns following the ballot paper draft and failure to fulfil the Constitution duty as a Chapter 9 institution.
To also help voters to identify the party logo, party name, acronym and party leaders. Chapter 9 of the Constitution states that elections should be “free and fair.
“Its goal is to strengthen constitutional democracy through regular free and fair elections in which every voter is able to vote,” ActionSA said.
The party stated that “the party is legally registered as ActionSA not as a logo, why choose to put us as a logo on paper. Your registration papers have nothing legally to do with ballot papers.
“Our party does not need to be abbreviated” said Mr Mashaba on a post on Twitter following the refusal of the ICE to put the party name,” it said.
However, ActionSA gave the Independent Electoral Commission a deadline to fix the mistakes of not including the Action SA name on the ballot paper but the IEC did not respond on the matter hence the party decided to take legal action.
“Our brief time as a political party has been beset by issues with the IEC. We have been refused to register as a party and we have been ignored in our concerns about the Multi-Party Democracy Fund that the IEC openly advocates for people to exclusively fund political parties established in Parliament.
”The exclusion of our candidates from the candidate list published this week has been solved but not publicised and we must endure an arbitrary refusal to reflect ActionSA equally on the ballot papers,” the party said.