The Constitutional Court will on Wednesday hear an application by the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) for an extension of its deadline to complete the voters roll. The commission wants a further 18 months to conclude the critical work. The IEC did not meet the June deadline to update the voters roll by including addresses for all those on the roll. The top court ruled that the absence of this information was unconstitutional. The IEC faces a tough road ahead if the court denies it an extension, with the worst case scenario being the removal of 1.3-million voters from the roll. If its application is denied, the IEC will have to collect the addresses while it prepares for the critical 2019 elections. In court papers, the IEC warned that should it not be granted an extension "there is a very real chance that parties dissatisfied with the 2019 electoral results will seek to challenge the outcome". "Even if such challenges were ultimately to fail, this could ultimately imperil the credi...

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