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MK Party withdraws its Electoral Court case challenging 2024 elections results

UMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party has withdrawn its case against the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) at the Electoral Court over the results of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.

The MK Party believed that the elections results that were announced by the IEC on 2 June were not free and fair.

MK PARTY WITHDRAWS ELECTORAL COURT CASE CHALLENGE

As per the IEC, the Jacob Zuma-led party obtained over 2.3 million votes in the historic 29 May polls and 58 seats in Parliament. The party is also represented in a umber of legislatures especially in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The party rejected the declaration of the 29 May election results, and advocated for a transparent and just process that honours the democratic rights of all citizens.

The overall results of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections. The MK Party is now the third-biggest political party in South Africa. Source: IEC

In protest of the alleged unfair practices, the MK Party also boycotted the National Assembly first sitting on Friday, 14 June. The party also accused the IEC of partiality towards the African National Congress (ANC) and took the matter to the Constitutional Court.

In a significant setback for the MK Party, the Apex Court dismissed their application to delay the first sitting of Parliament. The court ruled without a hearing, stating that the issues raised did not fall within its exclusive jurisdiction and that it was not in the interests of justice to grant the party direct access to the highest court.

“The applicant has failed to show any justification for not bringing this application sooner,” the court noted, adding that the urgency of the application was “self-created.”

The court further found that the MK Party had misconstrued relevant constitutional provisions and failed to provide sufficient facts to establish a prima facie case for its main application.

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