South African Communist Party

20 September 2021: The South African Communist Party (SACP) welcomes the judgment of the Constitutional Court that the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) decision to re-open the candidate submission process for the 2021 municipal election is NOT unconstitutional, unlawful, and invalid. The right to vote is inextricably intertwined with the right to stand for election. Also, after the Constitutional Court set aside the initial local government election proclamation, the candidate lists submitted to the IEC based upon the invalidated proclamation could not be final and binding while the apex court ruled that the IEC must re-open the voter registration process to allow those who did not have a reasonable time to register.     The right to vote and stand for election are integral in ensuring a free and fair election, in line with the Freedom Charter’s directive that every person shall have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate for all bodies which make laws as well as the right to take part in the administration of the country. The SACP calls upon the Alliance to unite and close ranks against the detractors and groupings who are now attacking the Constitutional Court and the IEC as their strategy to weaken our democratic dispensation. The imperative to put people before profits, to put people at the centre of development, must be the backbone of this election process.  ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY | SACP EST. 1921 AS THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA | CPSA   1921–2021: 100 YEARS OF UNBROKEN STRUGGLE PUT PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT SOCIALISM IS THE FUTURE—BUILD IT NOW! Dr Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo SACP Central Committee Member: Media & Communications FOR INTERVIEW ARRANGEMENTS, MEDIA LIAISON & CIRCULATION SERVICES Hlengiwe Nkonyane Communications Officer: Media Liaison, Multimedia & Digital Communications Platforms Co-ordinator Mobile: +27 79 384 6550 OFFICE & OTHER CONTACT DETAILS Office: +2711 339 3621/2 Twitter: SACP1921 Website: www.sacp.org.za Facebook Page: South African Communist Party WELCOME TO THE SACP DONATION PAGE: https://donate.sacp.org.za/. PLEASE MAKE A CLEAN DONATION.

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SACP welcomes Constitutional Court decision affirming right to vote