IEC welcomes ConCourt judgement


The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) welcomes the judgment of the Constitutional Court on Thursday, declaring the Electoral Act unconstitutional.

This comes after the Constitutional Court found it unconstitutional not to allow individuals to contest national and provincial elections.

According to IEC chairperson, Glen Mashinini, the commission welcomes the clarity that the ConCourt has provided as it shows a maturing of South Africa’s democracy.

“The Electoral Commission welcomes the clarity the court has provided to the interpretation of the rights of citizens to stand for public office. We will study the judgment in detail to reflect on its full implications for the current electoral system and legislative framework governing national and provincial elections,” he said.

“The timing of this judgment, and the parliamentary review of the electoral system it prompts, is opportune given both the maturing of South Africa’s democracy and the looming impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on election processes around the world,” added Mashinini.

The court has provided Parliament with 24 months to revise the legislation. According to IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela, the IEC is ready to provide technical assistance into this process to help enhance the electoral system.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele