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News24.com | IEC credibility intact, ministers insist

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Cape Town – The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) remained acredible body that was merely facing administrative issues, Cabinet said onThursday.

It had run elections effectively and would continue to doso, Home

Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba told reporters at Parliament.

The Electoral Court ruled on Tuesday that by-electionsscheduled for Tlokwe the next day had to be postponed for six weeks. The IECpostponed those elections and several others due to have been held inKwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, and the Western Cape.

Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that by-electionsin the embattled municipality were not free and fair, and had to be re-run.

Gigaba said the postponement of the by-elections would allowthe IEC to pay attention to fulfilling the court order, putting it in a betterposition to deal with the local government elections. The matter involved theverification of addresses of people who had registered to vote.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Desvan Rooyen said the Electoral Court’s decision to postpone the elections didnot mean the country would fail to comply with the electoral code.

It would just put more pressure on the department to dothings in an unusual manner, he said.

Local government elections would happen within allocatedtime, he said.

President Jacob Zuma said earlier this month that they wouldbe held within three months of May 18, the date of the last election.

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