16 April 2019

South Africa: DA to Challenge Independent Electoral Commission Order to Apologise to De Lille

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Good Party leader Patricia de Lille (file photo).

In the latest legal battle between GOOD party leader Patricia de Lille and her former party the Democratic Alliance, the Independent Electoral Commission ruled against the DA. In a ruling released on Tuesday, the IEC found that the DA's claim that De Lille had been fired as Cape Town Mayor was false, and the party now has three days to issue an apology. However, the DA will not issue a public apology and will challenge the decision in court.

The Independent Electoral Commission ruled on Tuesday that the Democratic Alliance must apologise to former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille after finding that the DA violated the electoral code of conduct and spread false information about De Lille -- but the DA said it would not abide by the ruling.

The IEC found the DA's position that De Lille had been fired as Cape Town mayor to be false. The claim was part of a script canvassers used when talking to potential voters The commission said the DA's defence that the script was not expected to be read verbatim was "disingenuous".

According to the ruling, obtained by Daily Maverick, the commission found that De Lille had not been fired and...

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