ActionSA rejected by IEC

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The Electoral Commission (IEC) rejected the application for registration by political party ActionSA. This is on the basis that the symbol of the party resembles that of another registered party to such an extent that it may deceive or confuse voters, according to the IEC.

This decision was made by the Chief Electoral Officer after ActionSA lodged an appeal to the Electoral Court. Previously, an existing party, Party of Action (POA), had objected to the application of ActionSA on the basis that the proposed logo was too similar to its own.

“Having duly considered the appeal lodged by ActionSA as well as the grounds for the rejection of the party’s application by the CEO, the commission upheld the CEO’s decision on the basis that the symbol of the party resembles that of another registered party to such an extent that it may deceive or confuse voters. The Commission upheld one aspect of the appeal by ActionSA, namely that the use of the South African flag in the logo was in contravention of the Heraldry Act of 1962,” stated IEC media liaison Kate Bapela.

“In terms of the law, ActionSA may submit a new application for registration with a revised symbol or logo which does not bear resemblance to any other registered party. Alternatively, if the party is still aggrieved by the decision of the commission, it may approach the Electoral Court,” concluded Bapela.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele 

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za