A potentially close electoral battle in the 2019 general election has been put forward by the DA as a reason the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) should not be granted an extension of the Constitutional Court-imposed deadline to fix the voters rolls. Granting the IEC the extension could adversely affect the legitimacy of the country’s constitutional democracy, the DA argued in court papers. The DA is among the parties opposing the IEC’s application to the Constitutional Court for an extension of the court-imposed deadline to obtain addresses for citizens on the voters roll by the end of June 2018. The IEC has asked the Constitutional Court for an extension of a further 17 months — from June 30 to November 29 2019 — to comply with an earlier order from the same court on fixing the voters roll. If the IEC is unable to complete the roll, it may have to invoke sections 11 and 12 of the Electoral Act as well as regulations that would result in about 1.3-million voters being removed from ...

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