DA and EFF will not support Ramaphosa in Parliamentary elections

DA and EFF will not support Ramaphosa in Parliamentary elections

- The opposition parties have said they will not support Ramaphosa in the Parliamentary elections

- Parliament is meeting on Thursday to elect a new president following Zuma's resignation

- The DA and EFF are united in their calls for a dissolution of parliament, and for national elections to be held early

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While Parliament enters into their National Assembly on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance and the EFF have both stated that they will not be supporting the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as president.

The DA tabled a motion 72 hours ago, calling for a dissolution of Parliament, in terms of section 50 of the constitution. The party has also stated their intention not to submit a candidate for election.

The opposition party believes that following Zuma's resignation, independent national elections should be held in order for the country to vote for their leaders.

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Briefly.co.za learned the Economic Freedom Fighters under Julius Malema have joined the DA in their decision not to announce their own candidate to stand for election in Parliament, and have supported the call for Parliament to be dissolved.

The IEC, meanwhile has stated that they can be ready to hold elections within 72 days, though the task may be difficult. The Constitution dictates that the Commission should at all times be ready to hold elections within 90 days of notice.

In August 2017, it was reported that the IEC needed R300 million in funding to ready themselves to hold National Elections, funding which they allegedly hadn't received.

Parliament's National Assembly is currently underway.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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