National 29.7.2016 07:43 am

NFP’s last shot to get into election

FILE PICTURE: National Freedom Party national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe, NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and NFP secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Thuli Dlamini)

FILE PICTURE: National Freedom Party national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe, NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and NFP secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Thuli Dlamini)

The IEC has said that if it needs to print new ballot papers to include the NFP, it could cost as much as R1bn.

The National Freedom Party (NFP) will attempt for a second time on Friday to persuade the Electoral Court that it should be allowed to participate in next week’s local government elections.

The party was disqualified from participating in the elections after it failed to pay the required fees to ‎the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) by the June 2 deadline.

Friday’s applica‎tion is the second that will be heard by the court. A previous application in June was dismissed by the court.

The party claims it is submitting new evidence that shows it should not‎ be disqualified.

The party was formed after former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi dumped the ‎IFP to form the NFP three months prior to the previous local government elections in 2011.

The NFP governs a number of rural KwaZulu-Natal municipalities in coalition with the African National Congress.

The IFP is widely expected to be the biggest beneficiary in the upcoming elections if the NFP does not participate.

The IEC has said that if it needs to print new ballot papers to include the NFP, that could cost as much as R1 billion.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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