Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
21 Sep 2021
5:50 am

Door still open for DA on candidate nominations ruling

Bernadette Wicks

The Constitutional Court has upheld the recent decision by the Electoral Commission of SA to reopen candidate nominations for the upcoming elections – for now, at least.

Da Leader John Steenhuizen on the campaign trail.

While the country’s apex court yesterday dismissed the challenge by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to the controversial decision, it declined to make a final ruling on whether or not the commission’s motives were above board at this stage. The DA had argued the decision to reopen nominations was designed to give the ANC another bite at the cherry after it missed the original deadline of 23 August to register some of its candidates. And significantly, the Constitutional Court justices didn’t rule out the potential “plausibility” of this line of attack. But they found having decided the matter on the papers...