Democratic Alliance (DA) says its case against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the African National Congress (ANC) regarding their attempts to bend the rules of Councillor Candidate submissions has taken a significant step forward.
DA spokesperson, Cilliers Brink said the matter has progressed beyond the exchange of papers and that pleadings have been closed.
“We hope that the Court will clarify in the coming days that the ANC missed the deadline and that the IEC will not be able to bend the rules in its favour.”
Brink said DA is now waiting for the Constitutional Court to either set a date for argument in this case or issue a ruling.
“We made it clear in our papers that the IEC does not have the authority to announce a re-opening of candidate submissions, thereby changing the election schedule in the ANC’s favour,” said Brink.
The collapsing ANC, according to Brink, is unable to run effective voter registration campaigns or make a meaningful offering to voters as it fails to select candidates, file candidate lists, or pay its employees.
“By fighting hard for the rule of law and fair processes for all parties in court battles, the DA is holding the ANC accountable. There can’t be different rules for the ANC and for the rest of us,” Brink said.
In this case, said Brink the DA believes it is clear that the ANC missed the candidate submission deadline, and the legal precedent of previous similar examples, involving other parties, makes it clear that there are no second chances.
DA maintains that there is no second chance in this case because the ANC missed the deadline for submitting candidates, and other similar cases have set precedents in the past.