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Political parties are opposing an application by the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) to the Constitutional Court for more time to complete the voters roll, which has nearly 4.7 million voters’ addresses outstanding ahead of the 2019 election. The IEC asked the Constitutional Court on Wednesday to extend its deadline to complete the voters roll to November 29 2019. Should this be granted, it would give the commission time until after the 2019 national elections to complete the work. These elections will be highly contested as opposition parties hope to push the ANC below 50% of support in provinces such as Gauteng. The IEC did not meet the June deadline to ensure the voters roll was completed by including addresses for all voters, after the court in 2016 found that the absence of this information was unconstitutional. The apex court has already ordered an interim extension until November 30 2018, while it determines whether a further extension should be granted. Advocate Steven Budl...

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