IEC to consider EFF’s proposal to merge elections

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it will consider a proposal by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to merge local government elections with provincial and national elections.

The IEC says this follows a meeting with the EFF, which also requested that this year’s local government elections be postponed to 2024.

The video below, is the IEC briefing on Political Party Funding Act:

Speaking during a media briefing in Pretoria, IEC Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, says they are yet to discuss the matters.

“Yes, indeed one of the parties participating in the national party liaison committee has in fact place the matter on the agenda. The matter has not been fully ventilated upon, it has been noted for discussion at some point in the future,” adds Mamabolo.

Below is the media statement from IEC

Ramaphosa signs Political Party Funding Act into law

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed a Proclamation on the Commencement of the Political Party Funding Act, 2018 (Act no. 6 of 2018), which regulates public and private funding of political parties.

The Act establishes funds to provide political parties represented in Parliament and legislatures with funding to undertake their work.

It also requires that donations be disclosed by parties and donors to the IEC.

The Act prohibits donations to parties by foreign governments or agencies, foreign persons or entities, organs of state or state-owned enterprises.

Parties may, however, receive funding from foreign entities for training, skills development or policy development.

No member of a political party may receive a donation other than for political party purposes.

In the video below, Political analyst Prof Somadoda Fikeni speaks about the Party Funding Act: