ACDP vows to take poll dispute to the courts

Local government elections in Cape Town may be delayed if the dispute over the African Christian Democratic Party’s (ACDP) registration in the metropole is not resolved amicably, the party warned on Monday.

“If ... it becomes inevitable to approach the court to resolve this matter, the ACDP will not hesitate to fight the matter to the very last,” ACDP MP Steve Swart said in a statement on Monday.

The ACDP is currently talking to the Independent Electoral Commission about its bulk payment to contest all Cape Town districts and municipalities, and whether the metro was included in this payment.

Swart said the ACDP contended it had paid the necessary deposit in order to participate in the elections, on March 1.

“The ACDP is trying to resolve the matter with the IEC in a friendly manner ... We now wait for the IEC to consult legal counsel regarding some technical aspects.

“Unfortunately, if the matter is not soon resolved, the election in the metropole may be postponed, as has happened in the past. Both parties are committed to avoiding this outcome,” he said. - Sapa

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