Hlokomelo Mabogale |
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa on Monday, rejected the application of registration of the ActionSA, party formed by Herman Mashaba.The IEC stated that Mashaba’s party logo has similarities to Party of Action (POA) and the use of the South African flag .
In a statement released on Tuesday, ActionSA claimed that POA has never contested any election and it changed its name on social media from Party Of Action to Party of Action SA.
“As a matter of fact, POA changed their name on social media platforms the day after the launch of ActionSA to Party of Action SA – seemingly to make their case for similarity.” Said Mashaba.
He further said that they have already written to the IEC, initiating their right to appeal their (IEC) decision as a result of its incorrect applications of the law.
“We regard the IEC to have acted irrationally in their decision. We submit that our identifying features remain sufficiently different from the POA, a political party that has never contested elections before despite registering.” highlighted Mashaba.
However, POA, on the 8th September, posted on Facebook saying they are contesting 2021 Local Government elections. To Mashaba, POA said “Hands off our precious logo.”
“We note that no such exercise in IEC authority was demonstrated when the African Independent Congress was allowed to register despite its far greater similarities to the ANC, as well as many other cases that we will include in our appeal.
It is a fact that there are over 630 political parties in South Africa, of various registration statuses. The notion that similarities exist is a natural consequence of this situation, but cannot be seen to rise to the required level of “voters not being able to notice the distinction.”
“The IEC’s decision in this matter is regrettable, and inconsistent”. ActionSA said it has instructed its legal teams to file an appeal and, if necessary, proceed to court in order to defend its legitimate registration.