01 May 2014.
The IFP said today that the verdict handed
down by the Electoral Court yesterday, which handed a Nongoma
ward back to the IFP, casts a very big cloud of doubt over the
IEC's ability to run free and fair elections on May 7, if
members of SADTU (South African Democratic Teachers Union) are
employed as IEC officials.
The IFP has served legal papers on the IEC,
requesting them not to use SADTU officials as electoral
"We have been vindicated on our stance about
SADTU. The Electoral Court upheld our complaint that we were
robbed of a by-election victory in Nongoma because an IEC
presiding officer, who is a SADTU teacher and staunch ANC
loyalist, failed to ensure that the ballot papers were stamped
and marked in respect of the special votes, in accordance with
the prescribed procedure," said Albert Mncwango, an IFP MP from
Mncwango said the fact that the IEC did not
resolve the matter on its own, but referred it to the Electoral
Court, was also worrying.
"The matter was clear-cut. It was clearly an
act of sabotage in a highly contested ward. Yet the matter was
referred to the Electoral Court, which took more than six months
to resolve the issue. Why could the IEC not resolve the matter
itself? Or is it afraid of tackling SADTU? It is deplorable, to
say the least," said Mncwango.
Mncwango said, with only a few days to go to
the elections, the IFP would approach the courts if needs be, to
stop SADTU members from being deployed as electoral officials.
"It is clear that if the IEC persists with
employing SADTU officials at polling stations as observers, the
upcoming May 7 poll will be neither free nor fair. We will do
everything in our power to avoid such a travesty of justice,"
Contact: Mr Albert Mncwango MP, on 083 448