IEC rejects Herman Mashaba’s bid to register his new party Action SA

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He said Party of Action had changed its name on social media to Party of Action SA a day after he launched his party.

“We note that no such exercise in IEC authority was demonstrated when the African Independent Congress was allowed to register despite its far greater similarities to the ANC, as well as many other cases that we will include in our appeal.

“It is a fact that there are over 630 political parties in SA, of various registration statuses. The notion that similarities exist is a natural consequence of this situation, but cannot be seen to rise to the required level of ‘voters not being able to notice the distinction …’. The IEC’s decision in this matter is regrettable, and inconsistent,” said Mashaba.

He also questioned why the IEC took issue with the use of the SA flag on their logo based on the Heraldry Act of 1962.

“It is important to note that the IEC, as a Chapter 9 institution, has no legal authority to decline an application outside of its specific parameters of section 16 of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996, which deals specifically with a political party’s identity either being similar to that of another party to the extent that it would confuse voters or  engendering violence through hate speech.

“By including this in the rationale for their decision, the IEC has applied legislation to Action SA that has not been applied to any number of political parties whose logos draw inspiration from the SA flag. This is a clear case of the IEC acting beyond its legal mandate,” said Mashaba.

POA president Billy Nyaku first raised his protest in the media earlier this month, accusing Mashaba of stealing his party logo and name.

At the time, Mashaba said the party was talking nonsense.

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