IFP slams IEC's move to go ahead with October elections

IFP slams IEC's move to go ahead with October elections

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has criticised the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for forging ahead with the elections, saying it is being too hasty. 

Velenkosini Hlabisa

The IEC launched its local government election campaign on Wednesday, saying technically it's ready to hold the October polls.

READ: IEC launches October elections campaign

Some political parties have calling for patience, following the recent surge in Covid-19 infections and the threat of a third coronavirus wave.

The IFP has been one of them, along with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa has described the IEC's campaign announcement as premature.

He says a final report to examine the feasibility of holding a vote during our country's health crisis, is yet to be concluded.

"The IEC has appointed the former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke to conduct a study on the feasibility of the elections being free and fair. 

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"He will only bring his report to IEC towards the end of July. But why are you jumping the gun? why are you confusing people while you are still waiting for a feasibility study?"

Meanwhile, voting stations will open the 17th and 18th of July for voters to update their personal details and for eligible voters to register.

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