The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has pulled out of its decision to challenge the result of the 2019 National and Provincial election.
ATM elections head, Mzwanele Manyi, held a media briefing to inform about the decision his party has taken to drop the challenge. “ATM indeed was part of that formal letter addressed to the IEC demanding an independent audit of the election results.”
He admitted that the address by the Statistician General on the results was enough to have them step back from their original decision to question the results.”
Manyi says “The ATM is satisfied that the IEC has acted in good faith and professionally in answer to its institutional demands that it has been carrying out since its inception.”
Some of the parties – who were part of the original decision to challenge the credibility of these elections – labelled ATMs decision as cowardly. “ATM has decided to sell out.”
On Thursday evening, some of the smaller parties held an impromptu media briefing, with Manyi leading the charge, claiming that there were issues that happened on voting day that could cloud the credibility of the Electoral Commission (IEC) and the elections as a whole.
The concerned parties had been holding meetings day in and day out trying to find an amicable solution with the IEC, but on Sunday afternoon, the ATM held a briefing with members of the media without alerting the other parties. ATM is projected to get at least two seats in the National Assembly.
Watch Mzwanele Manyi’s media briefing below:
Meanwhile, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says he is happy with how his party performed. Speaking on the sidelines of the elections centre, Groenewald thanked their supporters and promised to deliver on their election manifesto promises.
Picture of Pieter Groenewald with other Freedom Front Plus leaders: