30 April 2014.
The IFP has launched an urgent legal objection
with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent
officials of the ANC-aligned SADTU from being deployed as
Electoral Officers again in the upcoming May 7 poll.
We are of the opinion that the fact that SADTU
supports the ANC, actively campaigns for the Party and calls on
its members and all South Africans to vote for the ANC,
immediately disqualifies SADTU members from holding electoral
office in terms of section 8.2 of the Electoral Act.
In light of these facts the appointment of
SADTU members as Electoral Officers constitutes a flagrant
contravention of section 8.2 of the Electoral Act and violates
the constitutionally-entrenched notion that the IEC should be
independent at all times and should not be associated with any
The IFP has therefore called on the Chief
Electoral Officer to act in terms of section 132:(9a) and to
remove from office all Electoral Officers who are SADTU members,
on the grounds that their membership of SADTU constitutes a
"material contravention of [section 8.2]", rendering the
upcoming elections on May 7 neither free nor fair.
The IFP has received a response from
Gildenhuys Malatji, acting on behalf of the IEC, dismissing our
We will now consider further urgent legal
Contact: Mr Lourens de Klerk MPL, on 078 302