National 29.7.2016 08:18 pm

Breaking: Electoral Court rules against NFP

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 will be breathing a sigh of relief since it will be spared a massive unplanned-for bill to reprint ballot papers.

The National Freedom Party (NFP) attempted 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.

However, on Friday evening, the court ruled against the party. Proceedings had been delayed because the court building had needed to be fumigated earlier in the day.

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, ANA reported.

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

The party claimed it was submitting new evidence that showed 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 ANC. That will now fall away. The IFP is widely expected to be the biggest beneficiary in the upcoming elections now that the NFP will not participate.

 

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