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ActionSA needs court to compel IEC to 'figure out how' to cure polling form paper oversight

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2021-10-21-actionsa-wants-court-to-force-iec-to-find-a-way-to-remedy-ballot-paper-omission/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1634836225-1



With only 10 days to go until the neighborhood government races, the IEC says it is difficult to revise voting form papers to incorporate ActionSA's name. 


However, the party isn't withdrawing, saying the commission must "discover a way". It recommends that stamps or stickers of the party's name be put close to its logo if polling form papers can't be republished given the excess time. 


When and how this is done, is the commission's "child", ActionSA contended during a virtual appointive court hearing on Thursday. 


The political newbies took their battle to the court after the commission wouldn't change draft polling form papers, which showed just the party's logo and not its name. With all due respect, the IEC put the fault decisively on ActionSA, which it said neglected to advance a shortened form when it at first enlisted as a party. 


Nonetheless, advocate Adila Hassim told the court the party planned its eight-letter name to fill in as its main identifier, as it didn't need a different condensing or abbreviation in all capacities. She contended that guidelines and application structures didn't make a shortened form obligatory, nor clarify that the ramifications of this would bring about a clear space during the drawing up of voting form papers. 


Also, hence, she said, the solicitation to address this was simply and evenhanded. 


"The obvious reluctance of the commission to cure this issue is in struggle with its commitment to run free and reasonable races. 


"The position took on by the commission by demanding that ActionSA's solicitation can't be tended to on the grounds that it didn't choose a shortening in conditions that the enlistment structure didn't need it, is irrational and abuses ActionSA's segment 19 rights," she contended in hammering the IEC's treatment of the matter.

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