Klerksdorp Midweek, Potchefstroom-The African National Congress (ANC) at the Tlokwe Local Municipality in Potchefstroom, blames the IEC for any irregularities, non-compliance or errors prior to or during the by-election of 2013.
This was said by the municipality’s Chief Whip, Thabo Mosiane at the press briefing held at Tlokwe Chamber Hall on Thursday 3 December.
The briefing came just after the ruling of the Constitutional Court which found the by-election of 2013 null and void on 30 November.
Chief Whip Mosiane told the media that the IEC’s system of registering voters was found to be inadequate.
“However, whilst accepting the court judgement we recognize IEC has successfully presided over thousands of other elections over the years since the dawn of our democratic dispensation. Our belief on the integrity of the IEC as a proven independent elections management body over many years remains intact,’’ Mosiane said.
By-elections are now set aside from ward 18 and those of wards 1, 4, 11, 12, 13 and 20. These are the wards that held their by-elections during 12 September 2013 and 10 December 2013.
The Constitutional Court has ordered that a new by-election be conducted within the next 90 days.
Chief Whip said it should also be noted that no political party, let alone ANC as a governing party in particular was found to have been involved in any manner with regard to the irregularities that formed the basis of the court’s ruling.
“The judgement also does not necessarily mean that the independents or DA could have won the concerned by-elections. The judgement is about technicalities of registering addresses of voters in the informal settlements areas where there are no proper street names and numbers,” Mosiane added.
The ANC said as the governing party, they are not shaken by the judgement but welcome it.
They further said they are ready to take on the independents or the DA anywhere and at any time.
“We will fight and win these by-elections. In fact we are even looking beyond the by-elections to win the coming 2016 municipal elections with a bigger margin,” Chief Whip Mosiane added.
The opposition parties’ representative, Kenneth Maduna of Cope said: “We as the opposition parties had a meeting after the ruling and we will wait for the council meeting, so that we can pass a motion of no confidence against the Executive Mayor and the Speaker.”
The council meeting will be held in February.The ANC in Tlokwe have 22 seats, the DA 19, VF+ 2, and 1 each for the Cope and independent.
In their responce concerning a motion of no confidence, ANC said: “We have noted the DA’s statement to the effect that they intend to pass a motion of no confidence against the Mayor and Speaker.
“The DA is not in a majority and can only pass such a motion with the concurrence of its junior partners the VF+, Cope and the independent that is if the latter three are still not prepared or able to free themselves from the perpetual junior status that DA seems to be enjoying to relegate them.”