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Umkhonto Wesizwe Party Calls for Re-Election Ahead Of Parliament First Sitting



As Parliament prepares for its first sitting on Friday, significant political developments are unfolding. The Umkhonto Wesizwe Party has issued a call for a re-election, placing President Cyril Ramaphosa at the center of an urgent application to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).

This move comes amidst allegations of widespread irregularities during the 2024 general elections.

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The Umkhonto Wesizwe Party claims that a technological glitch on May 31, which caused the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC)’s systems to temporarily shut down, resulted in the loss of crucial data.

Despite the IEC’s assurance that the glitch did not affect vote capturing and results, the MK party remains unconvinced. They have enlisted information technology experts who purportedly found irredeemable and material weaknesses in the IEC systems.

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In its court papers, the MK party is seeking to halt Parliament’s first sitting this week. The party is advocating for the election results to be set aside, necessitating the president to proclaim another election date within 90 days.

This unprecedented legal action underscores the party’s lack of confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and its outcomes.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, cited as a respondent in this urgent application, has yet to publicly respond to these allegations.

The IEC maintains that the glitch had no detrimental effect on the electoral process. As the ConCourt deliberates on the merits of the MK party’s application, the political landscape remains fraught with uncertainty. The outcome of this legal battle could have significant implications for South Africa’s democratic processes and governance.

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