The IEC has finally presented their final draft regarding the upcoming local elections for the city of Johannesburg and Herman Mashaba could not be more disappointed. Mashaba's disappointments follow the IEC's failure to properly include the ActionSA party within its ballot papers for wards in Gauteng, the organization has failed to follow its party Identifier sequencing rules by failure to include ActionSA's title on its ballot papers.
In South African politics, two of the most important identifiers are all the acronym or title and logo, at this point, the IEC has only managed to show ActionSA's single identifier, the logo. Change political party is also among some of the parties that were affected by the organization's failure in sequencing.
The IEC's negligence has sparked a lot of debate on social media with the majority of the people even suggesting the organization has some sort of a personal vendetta against the ActionSA, these suggestions are slightly supported by history. In the last 12 months, the IEC has had two complications with the ActionSA(Excluding this recent misunderstanding): the organization refused ActionSA's registration as a political party last year in September until further notice. Not only that, some of the electoral candidates of the ActionSA were even partly excluded from the upcoming local elections under what the IEC referred to as a clerical issue.
If left unchecked, this one mistake can end up affecting ActionSA's performance in the upcoming local elections because some voters are only able to identify ActionSA by its title and not its logo. It would politically be so unfair if the party were to lose votes just because some of the voters couldn't recognize it as one of the options, especially since it is currently believed that the party is emerging as the biggest party in Johannesburg. At least that's according to a recent poll(picture below)
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