Outrage as IEC Bars Zuma from Parliament Due To Criminal Record

MK Party Appeals IEC Decision to Bar Zuma from Parliamentary List

The MK Party swiftly responded to the Electoral Commission’s (IEC) decision to disqualify Jacob Zuma from its parliamentary list, announcing an immediate appeal. The IEC disclosed that it received over 80 objections regarding parliamentary nominees, eight of whom, including Zuma, were found to have criminal records. Despite objections, Nhlamulo Ndlela, the MK Party’s spokesperson, stated they were unaware of the specifics behind the objection. However, they emphasized plans to contest the decision, particularly regarding Zuma’s 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

Zuma’s Exclusion from MK Party Candidacy Confirmed by IEC

The Electoral Commission (IEC) officially announced that former President Jacob Zuma would not be permitted to stand as a candidate for the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party in the upcoming elections. The decision came after 31 objections were lodged, asserting that eight candidates were ineligible due to criminal records or convictions. Zuma’s objection stemmed from his previous conviction related to the State Capture inquiry, resulting in a 15-month prison sentence. IEC Chairperson Mosotho Moepya reiterated that the decision aligned with constitutional guidelines, barring individuals sentenced to over 12 months in prison from standing for elections. Despite objections, the Commission upheld its decision, prompting Zuma to challenge the ruling at the Electoral Court by April 2nd.

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