The Speaker of the National Assembly Nosiveve Mapisa-Nkakula assured that there is no threat for the next national elections in the country. She spoke at a meeting of the program committee of the National Assembly. This is because the Parliament requested a six-month extension from the Constitutional Court to finalize the bill amending the Election Law.
The court ruled that the Electoral Code should be amended to allow independent candidates to run in provincial and national elections. The deadline for this amendment is next week. The court is yet to rule on the extension.
Parliament says that since the bill was introduced only in January this year, there is not enough time to finalize the issue. Mapisa-Nkakula says it is unfortunate that there is a perception that the request for an extension will jeopardize the 2024 elections.
“I do not know how he threatens the election. From the report I saw, we are fighting for 6you “November, to finalize this whole thing, and if we finish and the president signs, then we won’t have a problem if we manage to do it in the next six months,” said Mapisa-Nkakula.
The main whip of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Steve Swart, says criticizing parliament in this regard is unfair.
“I would also like to comment on the allegations against parliament. We remind you that the bill was introduced in January this year, Parliament did everything to process it. “Parliament is doing everything possible, and that is why the application has been postponed, which is fully justified given the interest and complexity of this issue,” Swart said.