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Monday, April 19, 2004

IFP cries foul

Today's Mail and Guardian online is carrying this story:

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is to make an urgent application to the Electoral Court after last Wednesday's elections were declared free and fair.

IFP spokesperson Musa Zondi told the Mail & Guardian Online on Monday morning that the Independent Electoral Commission had ignored all its complaints and objections about the poll and had then gone ahead and announced the final results.

He said the IEC seemed "totally oblivious" of what had gone on in KwaZulu-Natal and that there had been a number of irregularities that had been ignored.

Zondi said they had information that about 347 000 people had voted without being on the voters roll.

The party took the decision to approach the Electoral Court at a 10-hour emergency meeting of its National and Provincial Councils in Durban on Sunday. Speculation is that the IFP may agree to another coalition in the province with the ANC, but the party says it will not participate in the national or provincial government while the court case is in progress.

Zondi said the IFP leadership had appointed a task-team, headed by him, that would explore all options and then advise the leadership as soon as possible.

It will be interesting to see what transpires, but in all likelihood this is political posturing on behalf of the IFP to try and get a better deal in KZN. I think there is a good chance the IFP will end up with the premiership for the sake of stability in the province. But this will depend also on how the ANC resolves what to do with Buthelezi.