IEC dismisses notion that Malema violated code when addressing voters

IEC dismisses notion that Malema violated code when addressing voters

The IEC has dismissed the notion that Julius Malema violated any rules when he addressed party members outside a voting station. This follows ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, raising objections to the EFF leader speaking to a crowd after casting his ballot in Limpopo this morning.

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The IEC has dismissed suggestions that the leader of the EFF violated the electoral code by addressing members outside of a voting station this morning.

This comes after ANC elections head, Fikile Mbalula, raised objections following Julius Malema's address.

Malema and his wife, Mantwa, cast their votes alongside other family members this morning in his Limpopo hometown.

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The EFF leader had approached EFF members to thank them for the support they have given both him and his family as they mourn the passing of his grandmother.

The ANC elections head had objected to the incident on social media, claiming that Malema had acted unlawfully, reports IOL.

People were quick to point out that both President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma had done the same outside their respective voting stations, but were dismissed by Mbalula.

The IEC has since responded to the incident, clarifying that no laws had been broken by the EFF leader:

"We can confirm that party leaders may address their followers outside a voting station, as long as it doesn't impede the operation of the voting stati. This is not construed as campaigning either. Thanks for checking."

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