- Herman Mashaba's ActionSA has revealed that it requested the public's input on its stalemate with the IEC
- The IEC is standing strong on its decision to reject its application to register as a political party
- The public, after weighing in, advised Mashaba to go with a different logo in favour of avoiding a lengthy legal battle
Herman Mashaba's ActionSA has reached a decision over its stalemate with the IEC after the entity opted to reject its application to register as a political party.
In a statement on the subject, Mashaba revealed that the party had opted to ask their supporter's opinion on what the path forward should be:
"Notwithstanding the opinion that we have excellent prospects of a successful review in the High Court, the ActionSA Senate called for the engagement process to ensure our actions are guided by the party’s supporters."
Mashaba revealed that the popular opinion had been to change the logo and move forward with the process:
"ActionSA supporters have spoken through this process, and despite the high confidence in a high court review succeeding, 92% of more than 9000 official views have guided the organisation to change the logo and proceed."
The party will now hurriedly change its logo in the hopes that the IEC would now accept the image:
"ActionSA will now move swiftly to amend its logo and re-initiate its registration process so that we can focus on what South Africans need, an alternative government presenting solutions to the challenges that confront our people on a daily basis."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that ActionSA's appeal over the IEC's decision to reject its application to officially become a political party has been unsuccessful.
In a statement issued by Herman Mashaba, it was apparent that this outcome had taken them by surprise:
"ActionSA is shocked by the decision of the Commission, and the basis upon which the Commission has rationalised its decision. We remain deeply concerned that a Chapter 9 Institution, charged with safeguarding our electoral democracy, can make important legal decisions in this manner."
Mashaba raised concerns over a study cited by the IEC in their reasons for rejecting the application:
"The IEC relies on generalisations made in the report such as the reasonable voters ability to discern subtle differences, the IEC stated that: “Discerning subtle differences in the names and logos of political parties will escape many reasonable voters.”
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