The Electoral Court has dismissed an application by the GOOD Party to postpone today’s by-election at George in the Western Cape.
The party approached the court after alleging voter fraud by the Democratic Alliance (DA). It alleged that the DA fraudulently registered people from Thembalethu as residents from Borcherds, which is one of the three wards being contested.
The DA has refuted the allegations.
Independent Electoral Commission officer, Michael Hendrickse, says voting is progressing well and all polling stations opened on time this morning.
Seven parties are contesting the by-election.
The poll was called after the resignation of three GOOD councillors in April, two of whom are standing as DA candidates, while the other returned to GOOD.
Meanwhile, the party says while they are disappointed with the Electoral Court’s decision, they will consult with their legal team on a way forward, as mentioned in the tweet video below:
GOOD Secretary General, Brett Herron says they’re disappointed with the Electoral Court’s decision. The party will consult its legal team this afternoon for a way forward. “We do not intend to allow fraudulent re-registration of voters to be the future of SA politics”#sabcnews pic.twitter.com/BB9GD6Itsc
— Sphiwe Hobasi (@MrCow_man) July 19, 2023