Oct. 24, 2022


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Parliament to convene as planned

Parliament to convene as planned

Justice 'Mafelile Ralebese

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    IEC seeks to interdict this week’s parly session
    The elections body wants to recalculate the allocated PR seats

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THE sitting of the 11th Parliament which is scheduled for Tuesday this week will proceed as planned, the High Court decided on Saturday.

This, after the IEC had earlier filed an urgent application seeking an order interdicting this week’s Parliament session.

In her ruling, Justice ’Mafelile Ralebese ordered that the process will go ahead with the Democratic Congress (DC) still holding its 29 seats and the Alliance of Democrats (AD) its five seats as previously allocated, pending the finalisation of the matter.
The court declared the application as urgent, adding that the Constitutional Court will hear the matter on Friday this week.

The IEC had approached the court seeking an order interdicting the summoning of the special meeting of the National Assembly scheduled for Tuesday.

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The IEC also sought an order reviewing, correcting, and setting aside the allocation of some of the compensatory seats following the October 7 general elections.  

The IEC says it erroneously allocated 11 PR seats instead of 8 to the DC.  

It further contends that it mistakenly allocated three PR seats instead of two to the AD.

The elections authority has therefore sought permission to recalculate the PR seats that are due to the parties that contested the elections and reallocate them accordingly. - LeNA



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