The Economic Freedom Fighters calls on the Independent Electoral Commission and the Electoral Court to allow the National Freedom Party to contest the 2016 Local Government Elections. The EFF believes that money or fees payments should never be a basis upon which a political party is allowed to contest elections, particularly a political party that has tested mass support in areas where it exists.
The EFF takes this principled position because in 2014, the EFF challenged the IEC in Court over the Constitutionality of demanding money from political parties and individuals who want to contest elections. We still stand by a view that the IEC should utilise a different criteria to determine the seriousness of a political parties and candidates that wish to contest elections, other than money, because accessibility of money in South Africa has class, racial and even gender connotations.
The EFF will write to the IEC and Electoral Court to request that the NFP should be allowed to contest the 2016 Local Government Elections because they have demonstrated their seriousness as a political party and have tested support on the ground. In the immediate aftermath of the elections, the EFF will continue to lead the discussions and litigations that will lead to the abolishment of money as a pre-requisite to contest elections.
All South Africans must be afforded the Constitutional right to make free political choices in a free and fair environment.
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS