POTCHEFSTROOM – The Electoral Court has postponed by-elections in most of the wards in Tlokwe.
Six independent candidates lodged an urgent interdict with the court, to prevent the elections from going ahead on Wednesday.
They argued the IEC failed to guarantee free and fair elections, because it provided them with an incomplete voters’ roll.
Last year, the Constitutional Court set aside the election results in the area, as hundreds of people who voted there were ineligible to do so.
After months of preparation and the deployment of hundreds of IEC staffers to the region, by-elections in six out of the seven wards in Tlokwe have been postponed for six weeks.
“If I have to go an campaign, for campaigning, I have to go door-to-door to these people (voters). I have to have the address, so I can go to a voter and tell them what can I do as an independent (candidate) so that he can vote for me. But if I don’t see any address and I don’t have an address on the voters’ roll it’s difficult for me to get those people,” said Palesa Mhlophe.
Five hundred people on the roll were ineligible to vote in the area, making it easier to bus voters into a district on election day.
The court has ordered the IEC to provide all candidates in the Tlokwe by-elections with a voters’ roll, complete with addresses.
The only Tlokwe ward (Ward 13) has received the green light to hold by-elections on Wednesday because none of the independent candidates are contesting it.