ActionSA cries foul after IEC omits party name in Gauteng ballots
Former Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s political party, ActionSA, is heading to court after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) gave “unsatisfactory reasons” for excluding party names in the ballot paper designs.
Party spokesperson Lerato Ngobeni said the party would file an urgent application against the IEC by Tuesday afternoon.
“We are not happy at all with their response, so we are left with no option but to go to court,” Ngobeni told reporters on Monday.
“In the IEC’s drafted ballot paper, only our logo features – the party’s name does not appear, and empty space has been left in its place.”
ActionSA, the new kid on the block, will be contesting in elections for the first time on 1 November.
“If they were meeting us halfway and sitting down with us and explaining their side, maybe we would not be taking the legal route we have taken,” said Ngobeni.
ActionSA had given the IEC an ultimatum of 10am on Monday to correct the ballot paper design, including their party name and logo.
The IEC unveiled the final draft ballot papers for wards in Gauteng – which has several hotly contested municipalities, including Johannesburg – once led by Mashaba while he was a DA member.
The ballot papers provide the names of the ward candidates, the logos of the parties and the abbreviated names of the parties.
Other prominent members of the party include former ANC MPs Dr Makhosi Khoza, the eThekwini mayoral candidate, Vytjie Mentor and John Moodey, the former DA Gauteng leader.
The IEC’s Kate Bapela declined to comment when contacted by reports.
“We are not commenting on the matter currently. ActionSA has a direct line to the chairperson of the IEC and the Electoral Court,” said Bapela.
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