Roger Jardine Throws In the Towel, Change Starts Now Won’t Contest 2024 Elections

Roger Jardine Throws In the Towel, Change Starts Now Won’t Contest 2024 Elections

  • Change Starts Now will not be contesting the 2024 elections
  • The party’s leader Roger Jardine made this announcement on Thursday night
  • South Africans were divided in their reactions, with many expressing that they were not very surprised about the non-starter

Change will not be starting any time soon for the newly-established Change Starts Now political party. This comes after the announcement that it has dropped out of the political race less than 3 months after its creation.

Roger Jardines pary pulls out of polls
Roger Jardine has revealed why Change Starts Now will not contest in the upcoming polls. Image: @RogerJardineZA
Source: Twitter

Leader of the party, Roger Jardine, released a statement on his official X account, explaining the reason behind the decision. According to Jardine, the Constitutional Court’s refusal to hear a matter on signature requirements for unrepresented parties forced the political party to step out of the ring.

Daily Maverick reported that Jardine’s new goal was to support other political parties that share Change Starts Now’s ideology.

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In his statement, the former FirstRand Group chair wrote:

“In the interests of increasing the chances of political change, we offer support to political parties who share our values and the aspirations that we believe voters are looking for.”

South Africans react to Roger Jardine’s announcement

Jardine’s announcement was met with both surprise and apathy from South Africans. While others had hope in the new party contesting elections, many others were not surprised that the political infant did not make it to the finish line.

@underpantsAnton said:

“Change starts Later.”

@sascru said:

“Who was going to vote for you mi bra? Don’t worry though, the ANC will not win this election. There is something they don’t want you to see, and that is voters that were apathetic are voting, and they will be the difference to carry MK over the threshold. Amandla!”

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@africainsights said:

“A rare moment of honest appraisal and reflection in South African politics. A big surprise nonetheless.”

@angelinedikoko said:

“So when will change come?”

President Ramaphosa optimistic about voter turnout in 2024 elections

In similar news, Briefly News reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is optimistic about significant voter turnout in the upcoming elections.

Voter registration closed with almost 28 million South Africans registered, but over 12 million did not. On social media, South Africans said they are ready to cast their votes in the 7th democratic elections.

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Source: Briefly News

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