It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.
Composition of the Constitutional Court in the first and second terms of 2015
Justice Chris Jafta is on long leave from 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015. In addition, Justices Ray Zondo and Johann van der Westhuizen are on long leave from 1 February to 31 May 2015. The vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Thembile Skweyiya has not yet been filled.
In the stead of the judges on leave, and as against the current vacancy, Justice Zukisa Tshiqi and Justice Leona Theron of the Supreme Court of Appeal have been appointed as Acting Justices of the Constitutional Court until 31 May 2015. In addition, Judge‑President Mahube Betty Molemela, of the Free State High Court, has been appointed for the first two terms of 2015, until 31 May 2015. Deputy Judge-President Achmat Jappie, of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court, has been appointed for the first term of 2015, until 31 March 2015.BACK TO TOP