The legal battle between the Freedom Front Plus and Black First Land First has reached a strange stalemate for the time being with both parties declaring the court's findings a victory. The two parties had been contesting BLF's registration with the Independent Electoral Commission.
The IEC's choice to dismiss the FF+'s attempts to deregister Black First Land First has been set aside today.
However, the somewhat controversial party will still be able to contest next week's election, according to The Citizen.
The Electoral Court, sitting in the Joburg High Court, found that the IEC had been obliged to publish BLF's registration in the Government Gazette but had neglected to do so.
The IEC's legal team had argued that the FF+ should have contested BLF's registration at the time, but Judge Boissie Mbha had commented that:
“The decision of the electoral commission to refuse condonation to the applicant (FF Plus) and consequent dismissal of the appeal is reviewed and set aside."
Both parties have lauded the ruling as a success in their favour, with the FF+ taking to social media to boast of the 'favourable verdict' with significant consequences for the BLF.
BLF, in a similar fashion, also felt that the verdict had been a win for the party as they would remain on the ballot for Wednesday's election.
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