Dlamini-Zuma and IEC sabotage Constitutional Court – IRR
4 August 2021
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s proclamation yesterday of 27 October as the date for the next municipal elections – despite no section of the Constitution or other legislation requiring her to do so – effectively shut the door to in-person voter registration before it opened.
Absent subsequent remedy or departure from IEC precedent this violates the guarantee in Chapter 1 of the Constitution of “universal suffrage, a national common voters’ roll, [and] regular elections”.
The Electoral Commission (IEC) said in a statement yesterday that Dlamini-Zuma’s proclamation ‘has a number of implications for the Electoral Commission and the electoral programme’, and that the ‘immediate implication is that the voters’ roll for these elections closes at midnight on 3 August 2021’.
That was last night. Today the IEC reiterated the point, while noting that its position is so fundamentally compromised that it may ask the Constitutional Court to deem it in violation of the constitution, while also asking the Court to make such a finding in a way that has no practical significance.