The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed concern following posts circulating on social media platforms to undermine the legitimacy and fairness of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
ANC National spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said the claims are fabricated by phony social media posters spreading a misleading myth that the ANC is in partnership with the IEC.
He said the ruling party interprets the remarks as a blatant indication of desperation, which it strongly rejects and treats with the contempt it deserves.
Social media exploded with posts following DA Federal Council Chairperson Helen Zille’s statement on September 6 that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) revised the election timetable and introduced a registration weekend after the Constitutional Court rejected its bid to delay local government elections.
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Nkitsing Wa Ga Maropola
You captured the letter I we are left with EC no more independent. Electoral Commission not Independent any more.
U statement will never change the fact that IEC is no longer independent we all see what is happening here in this country right now
Lukhanyo Ninejune Makhanya
ANC controls IEC…..You’ve been robbing us our democracy for too long
Emmanuel Muzi Ntuli
ANC + IEC same whattsap group into eyodwa,you’ll never work at IEC if you don’t have an ANC membership🤞that’s a fact
The IEC is no longer independent. It is partisan in its decisions.
The Electoral Commission is obviously not “Independent”
Courtesy by anonymous, due to POPI ACT 4of 2013 ,— nonetheless…
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IEC is independent of other Political Parties not ANC….branch Chairpersons and Secretaries are appointed “voting Station managers”
Pat Mamaduna Ndleleni
ANC times up, come 1st November we shall vote.
It was captured long to ago, IEC staff mostly are teachers (SADTU) . It took too long for opposition to recognise that.
Why is the ANC speak on behalf of the IEC?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔.
Why are you speaking on behalf of the IEC? Why do the ANC concerned about that Post instead of the IEC?
Zille believes the statement gives the ANC an advantage that no other party ever had, and it is an obvious plot to benefit the ruling party.
Previously, said Zille, other parties have never had this flexibility when they have requested a postponement of an IEC deadline, which resulted in the NFP being excluded completely from the 2016 local election and the IFP being excluded from certain wards in the 2011 election.
3) They did not need the ConCourt to grant a six month delay to do this. Just five days, and the IEC, a captured institution, used it to bail out the ANC. They did not do that for the NFP in 2016, nor for the IFP in 2011. Only for the ANC now.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) September 6, 2021
“The fact that the ANC petitioned the Electoral Court for a candidate registration deadline extension, and then dropped the request, explains why it would do so if it didn’t have a backup plan.”
However, the DA believes the ConCourt’s verdict specifically prohibits manipulation of this nature, and we will seek to have it formally stopped.
Terry Tselane, formerly of the IEC and now from the Electoral Commission of SA, was on @Radio702, saying that the ConCourt ruling will enable the ANC to register its candidates. This is NOT how we read the judgment. It will enable voter registration, not candidate registration.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) September 3, 2021
“Using the IEC for partisan purposes is unconstitutional. This is another example of how the ANC captures and damages state institutions. “The DA will resist any attempts by the IEC and ANC to manipulate our Constitution and electoral processes, “argued Zille.
“Violent attacks against the credibility, integrity, and credibility of the IEC are simply an assault on our democratic Constitution and state organs designed to protect, promote, and promote our democracy,” Mabe said.
According to Mabe, the IEC has a long history of functioning independently, without bowing to political pressures.
“We all have a responsibility to defend this impartiality and to secure all our independent institutions from political intervention and inappropriate smear campaigns.”
Mabe said counterproductive attempts to undermine the IEC are the result of unpatriotic elements seeking to undermine our democracy.
He said the ANC condemns efforts to delegitimate the IEC as the work of unpatriotic elements intent on undermining democratic progress in South Africa.
“The ANC will never interfere with any organ of state or the independence of any Chapter 9 institution,” added Mabe.